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[Anglo-French remander, from Middle French, to order back, from Late Latin remandare to send back word, from Latin re- back + mandare to order]
1 : to return (a case or matter) from one court to another esp. lower court or from a court to an administrative agency [the judgment of the trial court is reversed and the cause ed to the superior court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion "McCarton v. Estate of Watson, 693 P.2d 192 (1984)"] compare affirm
2 : to send (an accused) back into custody by court order (as pending trial)
: turn (a prisoner) over for continued detention
: to return a case to a lower court or other tribunal [the court ed for resentencing "K. A. Cohen"]
n 1 : the act of remanding or state of being remanded
2 : an order remanding a case or person
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.