Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CONSTITUTE, v. To open formally (of the president of an eeclesiastical court). Known to Bnff.2, Abd.19, Lnk.3, Kcb.1 1937. Obs. pa.p. constitute. Sc. 1808 Jam.:
An eeclesiastical court . . . is said to be constitute with prayer by the Moderator.
Sc. 1937 (per Abd.2):
At Kirk Session meetings the Moderator still says: “Let us constitute,” and proceeds to say a prayer.
Kcb. 1893 S. R. Crockett Stickit Minister 31:
The coort met an' was constitutit.

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