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CONDESCEND, v. With on, upon: to specify, detail (Bnff.2, Abd.19, Lnk.3 1937). The phr. condescend upon particulars made a transitory appearance in Eng. newspapers (see N.E.D.), but has apparently died out again. Sc. 1824  Scott Redgauntlet xx.:
“I am not just free to condescend on my name,” said Peter.
Sc. 1909  Colville 72:
The judge condescends upon the facts, and issues an interlocutor or decision.
Sth. 1746  in C. D. Bentinck Dornoch Cath. and Par. (1926) 290:
Admonish any whom they might find guilty of any immoral practice condemned by the law of God and condescended on in the Act of Parliament.
m.Sc. 1927  J. Buchan Witch Wood xx.:
There must be more than a general confession. . . . You must condescend upon the transgression.

Hence (1) condescendence, “in court procedure, that part of a party's written pleadings which contains his allegations of fact, as distinguished from his ‘pleas in law'” (Abd.16); (2) condescension, idem. (1) Sc. 1818  Scott H. Midlothian (1830) v.:
We'll hae nae confessions and condescendences here.
Fif. 1938  St Andrews Cit. (5 Feb.) 10/3:
In the condescendence, the claimants averred that the deceased's death was due to the accidental inhalation of chlorine gas.
Lnk. 1710  Minutes J.P.s Lnk. (S.H.S. 1931) 93:
With particular Condescendences of what and wherein they have transgresed the same.
(2) Sc. 1717  Diary Rev. W. Mitchell in Spalding Club Misc. (1841) 244:
It . . . contained both a condescension on grivances, and several other particulars, which were not in Mr Gustart's copy.

[O.Sc. condescend, id., from 1549 (D.O.S.T.).]

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