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writ

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noun \ˈrit\

Simple Definition of writ

  • law : a document from a court ordering someone to do something or not to do something

Full Definition of writ

  1. 1 :  something written :  writing <Sacred Writ>

  2. 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

  1. The judge issued a writ of habeas corpus.

  2. 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

Rhymes with writ



WRIT Defined for Kids

writ

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noun \ˈrit\

Definition of writ

  1. :  an order in writing signed by an officer of a court ordering someone to do or not to do something





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