Weak, Insignificant Crossword Clue

Weak, insignificant crossword clue. A quick crossword puzzle question in The Dominion Post newspaper on Thursday, 20 July 2017. 4 letters.

Answer: PUNY

Puisne is a legal term of art used mainly in British English meaning “inferior in rank”. It is pronounced like the word puny. That word, in the anglicized spelling, has become an adjective meaning weak or undersized.

The judges and barons of the common law courts at Westminster, other than those having a distinct title, were called puisne. By the Supreme Court of Judicature Act 1877, a “puisne judge” is deemed a judge of the High Court other than the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice of England, the Master of the Rolls, the Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, and the Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, and their successors respectively.

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