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writ of assistance

Definition of writ of assistance

  1. 1 :  a writ issued to a law officer (as a sheriff or marshal) for the enforcement of a court order or decree; especially :  one used to enforce an order for the possession of lands

  2. 2 :  a writ used especially in colonial America authorizing a law officer to search in unspecified locations for unspecified illegal goods



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