Ducking Stool Law and Legal Definition

Ducking stool is a device used in Europe and England for punishment in the seventeenth century. The device consists of a wooden armchair in which an offender was tied and ducked into water. Ducking stool is primarily used for the offense of scolding or back biting and less often for sexual offenses. They were technical devices which formed part of the wider method of law enforcement through social humiliation.