noun \ˈrit\

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

Full Definition of WRIT

:  something written :  writing <Sacred Writ>
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


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