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certiorari

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noun cer·tio·ra·ri \ˌsər-sh(ē-)ə-ˈrer-ē, -ˈrär-ē, -ˈra-rē\

Definition of certiorari

  1. :  a writ of superior court to call up the records of an inferior court or a body acting in a quasi-judicial capacity



Origin of certiorari

Middle English, from Latin, literally, to be informed; from the use of the word in the writ


First Known Use: 15th century

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