One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Agreement, (formal) assent; approval, support.
2Roman Law. Acting as a second stipulator in a contract or bargain; the system or process by which this is done.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in James VI & I (1566–1625), king of Scotland, England, and Ireland. From classical Latin adstipulātiōn-, adstipulātiō. Compare earlier astipulation.
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