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Latin, he undertook, preterite of Latin assumere. See assume.


assumpsit (plural assumpsits)

  1. (law) A promise or undertaking, either express or implied, founded on a consideration.
  2. (law) An action to recover damages for breach or nonperformance of such a promise.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for assumpsit in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)