Definition of dehors in US English:



  • Other than, not including, or outside the scope of.

    ‘the plea shows that no request, dehors the letter, existed’
    • ‘Only if one finds some feature of the evidence which supports some particular agreement, dehors the lease instrument itself, does one get into that bother.’
    • ‘If it answers that simple functional test then it is not to the point to inquire whether by some other means dehors the agreement the vendor might have produced the same result.’
    • ‘That brings me finally to the matter of the general public importance dehors the obvious importance of obeying the ordinary English dictates of Parliament.’
    • ‘To recap, the injury arose dehors the peri-operative period and after David was discharged from the hospital.’


Early 18th century: from an Old French usage as a preposition (in modern French functioning as an adverb and noun).