One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Other than, not including, or outside the scope of.‘the plea shows that no request, dehors the letter, existed’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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).
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