fieri facias


fi·​eri fa·​cias ˌfī-(ə-)rē-ˈfā-sh(ē-)əs How to pronounce fieri facias (audio)
: a writ authorizing the sheriff to obtain satisfaction of a judgment in debt or damages from the goods and chattels of the defendant

Word History


Latin, cause (it) to be done

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fieri facias was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fieri facias.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition

fieri facias

: a writ authorizing a sheriff to seize and sell certain items of the property of a debtor in order to satisfy a creditor's judgment against the debtor see also execution

Medieval Latin, literally, may you cause it to be done, from words used in the writ, typically de terris et cattalis fieri facias may you raise from the lands and chattels (of the defendant) (a given sum)

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