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Jun 30, 2017
This week’s theme
Terms from law

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arraign
pro se
depose
surrebuttal
subrogate

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subrogate

PRONUNCIATION:
(SUHB-ro-gayt)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To substitute one person or entity for another in a legal claim.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin subrogare, from sub- (in place of) + rogare (to ask, propose a law). Ultimately from the Indo-European root reg- (to move in a straight line, to lead, or to rule), which also gave us regent, regime, direct, rectangle, erect, rectum, alert, source, surge, abrogate, arrogate, and derogate. Earliest documented use: 1427.

USAGE:
“Contact your renter’s insurance carrier, who should take care of you and then subrogate against the other unit owner or the association.”
Robert Griswold, et al.; Water Damage Makes Another Argument for Insurance; The Washington Post; Feb 12, 2005.

See more usage examples of subrogate in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Shadow owes its birth to light. -John Gay, poet and dramatist (30 Jun 1685-1732)

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