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Novel (adjective)

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Nóvel. adj. [novellus, Latin; nouvelle, French.]

  1. New; not ancient; not used of old; unusual.

    The Presbyterians are exacters of submission to their novel injunctions, before they are stamped with the authority of laws. King Charles.

    It is no novel usurpation, but though void of other title, has the prescription of many ages. Decay of Piety.

  2. [In the civil law.] Appendant to the code, and of later enaction.

    By the novel constitutions, burial may not be denied to any one. Ayliffe's Parergon.

Sources: Allestree, Richard (89) · Ayliffe, John (43) · Charles I (27)

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