One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action or an act of sending the transcript of a case back from an appellate to a trial court for record or further work; a formal notice of this.
2The remission of excessive damages awarded to a plaintiff; a formal statement of this.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in William Nelson (b. ?1653), legal writer. From classical Latin remittitur, third person singular passive of remittere remit.
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