Simple Definition of writ
law : a document from a court ordering someone to do something or not to do something
Full Definition of writ
2 a : a formal written document; specifically : a legal instrument in epistolary form issued under seal in the name of the English monarch b : an order or mandatory process in writing issued in the name of the sovereign or of a court or judicial officer commanding the person to whom it is directed to perform or refrain from performing an act specified therein <writ of detinue> <writ of entry> <writ of execution> c : the power and authority of the issuer of such a written order —usually used with run <outside the United States where … our writ does not run — Dean Acheson>
Examples of writ
The judge issued a writ of habeas corpus.
He was served with a writ.
Origin of writ
Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old English wrītan to write
First Known Use: before 12th century
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Definition of writ
: an order in writing signed by an officer of a court ordering someone to do or not to do something
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