Main meanings of sist in English

: sist1sist2

sist1

Pronunciation /sɪst/

noun

Scots Law
  • A suspension or stay of a legal proceeding; specifically an injunction suspending judgement or execution in a lawsuit.

Origin

Late 17th century. From sist.

Main meanings of sist in English

: sist1sist2

sist2

Pronunciation /sɪst/

verb

Scottish
  • 1Scots Law
    To stop or suspend (a legal procedure) by judicial decree.

  • 2Scots Law
    rare (Chiefly reflexive). To present (oneself) before a court, tribunal, etc.

  • 3To cause or order (a person) to appear before a court; to summon, cite.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Hope (1573–1646), advocate and politician. From classical Latin sistere to cause to stand, to set up, to cause (a person) to appear in court, to place firmly, to station, to halt, stop, (reflexive or intransitive) to stand still from the same Italic base as Umbrian sestu from the same Indo-European base as Sanskrit tiśṭhati, Younger Avestan hištaite, both in sense ‘stands’, ancient Greek ἱστάναι to stand, Early Irish -sissedar (in ar-sissedar stands fast, remains), a reduplicated formation from the Indo-European base of classical Latin stāre to stand.