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issue sb. (the usual S. meanings are ‘offspring, progeny’ and ‘event, result, consequence’; 1 is not pre-S.; 2 is peculiar to S.)
1. outcome, product (“of” a practice or condition) All'sW. II. i. 109, John III. iv. 21 “the of your peace,” Troil. II. ii. 89, Lr. I. i. 18.
2. action, deed Meas. I. i. 36 “fine i-s,” Cæs. III. i. 294 “The cruel of these bloody men,” Cym. II. i. 53.
3. fortune, luck Ant. I. ii. 101 “better issue.”
4. outcome or upshot of an argument, evidence, &c.; (hence) conclusion Oth. III. iii. 219 “grosser i-”
5. (orig. legal use) matter ripe for decision, point at which decision becomes possible John I. i. 38, H8 V. i. 178 “I'll put it to the issue,” Rom. IV. i. 65, Mac. V. iv. 21 “But certain issue strokes must arbitrate.”
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