In the civil law. A proceeding, at the instance of a surety, by which the creditor is obliged to exhaust theproperty of the principal debtor, towards the satisfaction of the debt before having recourseto the surety; and this right of the surety is termed the “benefit of discussion.”Civ. Code La. art. 3045, et seq.In Scotch law. The ranking of the proper order in which heirs are liable to satisfy thedebts of the deceased. Bell.