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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Circumduce, v. [e.m.E. (1578), L. circumdūcere.]

1. tr. To carry or take round. 1533 Boece viii. viii. 265 b.
Hengist … circumducing the samyn [thong] about ane strenthy roche … resauit ane place convenient for his castell

2. To influence or deceive (a person). 1565 Rec. Earld. Orkney 277.
Uncompellit, coactit, or in ony wyis circumducit, bot of my awin fre … will
1574 Prot. Bk. A. Gibson 14.
Andro Cult … , oncompellit, coactit, or circumducit in ony maner off sort, … ourgaif … all takis … of the foirsaidis landis

3. To reject as being legally invalid.After L. circumducere ‘to draw lines around a law, i.e. to cancel, annul, expunge, abrogate’. 1562 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 144.
The jugeis circumduces the exceptioun proponit be maister William Roberttoun anent the probatioun of his qualificatioun
1579 Rec. Earld. Orkney 151.
The defendaris readie to answer thairto, bot circumducit

b. spec. To declare or claim (the term for leading a proof) to be elapsed. 1563 Misc. Maitl. C. III. 334.
Beatrix circumducis the term quoad non producta
1565 Reg. Privy S. I. 385.
Iames Lord Ogilvy tuke instrumentis of his productioun of his charter … , and … was reddie to produce forder; and thairfoir protestit that the terme sould be circumducit
1584 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I. 326.
Quhilk diligence the schiref fand insufficient and the terme circumduceit
1598 Liber Coll. Glasg. Pref. lxxiv.
Thomas Craig … protestit that the foresaid terme assignit to … Sir Patrik Houston … might be circumduceit and na farder terme assignit to him for preving therof
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. 120 b.
In this case, the defender may circumduce the terme of probation, in respect of the negligence of the persewar
Ib. 121.
He sall tine the benefite of probation and the terme salbe circumduced agains him
c 1638 Tract. Leg. Naval. 57.
That the first, secund and third Terme will be circumduced and the caus concluded

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