audita querela

au·​di·​ta que·​re·​la | \ au̇¦dētəkwəˈrālə \

Definition of audita querela

: a largely disused or abolished common-law writ lying for a party against whom judgment is recovered but to whom facts constituting a good basis for discharge have subsequently accrued or become possible that could not have been availed of to prevent such judgment

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First Known Use of audita querela

1700, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for audita querela

Latin, the complaint having been heard

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“Audita querela.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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