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praecipe

noun prae·ci·pe \ˈpre-sə-ˌpē, ˈprē-\

Definition of praecipe

  1. 1 :  any of various legal writs commanding a person to do something or to appear and show cause why he or she should not

  2. 2 :  a written order requesting a clerk or prothonotary of a court to issue a writ and specifying the contents of the writ



Variants of praecipe

also

precipe

\ˈpre-sə-ˌpē, ˈprē-\

Origin and Etymology of praecipe

Middle English presepe, from Medieval Latin praecipe, from Latin, imperative of praecipere to instruct — more at precept


First Known Use: 15th century


Law Dictionary

praecipe

noun prae·ci·pe \ˈpre-sə-ˌpē, ˈprē-\

Legal Definition of praecipe

  1. :  a written request for an action (as the issuing of a writ of execution) from a party to a clerk of a court or sometimes to a judge <filed a praecipe for the writ of scire facias> <shall issue upon praecipe of the plaintiff>



Additional Notes on praecipe

When addressed to a clerk, a praecipe is usually a request for some action that does not require immediate judicial review, such as the issuing of a subpoena or the preparing of a record for appellate review. When addressed to a judge, as for jury instructions in some jurisdictions, a praecipe is similar to a motion.

Variants of praecipe

also

precipe

\ˈpre-sə-ˌpē, ˈprē-\

Origin and Etymology of praecipe

Medieval Latin precipe, legal writ commanding a person to do something or show cause why he or she should not, from Latin praecipe, imperative of praecipere to give rules or precepts, admonish, enjoin


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