Definition of autrefois acquit in English:

autrefois acquit

(also autrefoits acquit)

Pronunciation /ˌəʊtərfɔɪz əˈkwɪt/

See synonyms for autrefois acquit

noun

Law
  • A special plea or defence that a defendant has previously been acquitted of the same (or substantially the same) offence, and cannot therefore be retried for that offence. Compare autrefois convict , "double jeopardy".

Origin

Mid 17th century. From Law French auterfoits acquite from Anglo-Norman auterfoites, auterfoits, autrefoitz, autrefoiz, Anglo-Norman and Middle French autrefois formerly, previously + acquit.