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praescriptĭo , ōnis, f. praescribo.
I. A writing before or in front, a prefixing in writing; hence, meton., a title, inscription, preface, introduction, commencement: “praescriptio legis,Cic. Agr. 2, 9, 22: “tribuniciae potestatis,Tac. A. 1, 7.—
II. Trop.
A. A pretext, excuse, pretence: “ut honestā praescriptione rem turpissimam tegerent,Caes. B. C. 3, 32.—
C. In law, an exception, objection, demurrer: “aut intentio, aut praescriptio habet controversiam,Quint. 7, 5, 2: “praescriptionem alicui opponere,Dig. 44, tit. 44, 11.—
2. Esp., a limitation of the subject-matter in a suit, by a form of words: “praescriptiones autem appellatas ab eo, quod ante formulas praescribuntur,Gai. Inst. 4, 132; cf. id. ib. 4, 130 sqq.—
D. Transf., a philosophical objection, a subtlety, sophism: “exceptiones et praescriptiones philosophorum,Sen. Ep. 48, 12.—
E. Limitation as to time, prescription, Dig. 18, 1, 76.
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    • Cicero, For Rabirius on a Charge of Treason, 2.6
    • Cicero, On the Agrarian Law, 2.9.22
    • Cicero, For Marcus Caelius, 18.42
    • Caesar, Civil War, 3.32
    • Tacitus, Annales, 1.7
    • Tacitus, Annales, 6.15
    • Cicero, Tusculanae Disputationes, 4.9
    • Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria, Book 7, 5.2
    • Seneca, Epistulae, 48.12
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