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Jure, n. Also: juir. [ad. L. jūr-, stem of jūs law, right. Only Sc.]

1. The science of law, jurisprudence. 1496 Acts II. 238/1.
[The eldest sons of barons] to remane thre ȝeris at the sculis of art and jure sua that thai may haue knawlege and vnderstanding of the lawis
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxiii. 4.
Doctouris in jure and medicyne
Ib. lxv. 3.
To speik of science, … Off jure, of wisdome, or intelligence
1535 Stewart 59226.
Richt mony kirkmen … Doctouris in jure and in theologie
1530 Lynd. Test. Pap. 1026. 1556 Lauder Off. Kings 448.
Thay suld haue knawlage of boith the juris, Als weill the canone as ciuile law

2. a. That which legally justifies or substantiates a claim, a ground of right or entitlement. b. A title, legal right, or privilege.a. 1498 Acta Conc. II. 202.
The Lordis of Consale … ordanis baith thir sadis partiis to produce sic richtis and juiris as thai will use agane the sade day
1531 Bell. Boece (M) II. 247.
Quhen [King Edward] … had hard the iuris of Ballioll & Bruse
Quhen he had writin the ressonis and iuris of baith the partijs
Id. Livy I. 205/5.
Ilkane of thame [the consuls and the tribunes] had ay sum private juris to confound the auctorite of the tothir
1532 Acta Conc. & Sess. (Stair S.) 73.
[Protest that if the Lords give decree against him despite the] juris and lawis [produced by him] etc.
1560 Misc. Maitl. C. III. 229.
The said petitioun, with answereing therto reasones, jures, allegationes [etc.]
b. 1533 Bell. Livy II. 41/6.
To the grete oppressioun baith of oure juris and priuilegis
1533 Boece ii. iv. 63 b.
Preistis to quhais power war the juris and all thingis concernyng divinite subiectit
1554 Misc. Bann. C. III. 69.
Thai Eirlis … gre be gre, be jure hereditare, hed succedit to the forsaid Eirldome
Ib. 79.
Ane soum … of the landis of Orchadie, as partinant … to the eldest sister be jure of heritage
1565 (1583) Reg. Great S. 171/2.
Geving to oure servitoure Johnne Gray … apone the heretable … keiping of our castell … of Skebo … that heretabill jure and titill thairto
1578 Inverness Rec. I. 262.
[Renunciation of certain lands] wyth all jure, rycht, tytill of rycht [etc.]

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