dis-tri-bu'-ti-o L. “apportionment, division”

  1. Assigning roles among or specifying the duties of a list of people, sometimes accompanied by a conclusion.
  2. Sometimes this term is simply a synonym for diaeresis or merismus, which are more general figures involving division.
  The prosecutor's job is to bring charges; the defence lawyer's, to answer and downplay these; the witness, to state truthfully what has been seen or heard, the judge, to keep all these three doing what they ought. To allow a witness to make accusations only confuses the role of a prosecutor with those of a witness...
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  Sources: Cicero De Inv. 1.22.32

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