fieri facias

fi·​eri fa·​cias | \ ˌfī-(ə-)rē-ˈfā-sh(ē-)əs How to pronounce fieri facias (audio) \

Definition of fieri facias

: a writ authorizing the sheriff to obtain satisfaction of a judgment in debt or damages from the goods and chattels of the defendant

First Known Use of fieri facias

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fieri facias

Latin, cause (it) to be done

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“Fieri facias.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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fieri facias

fi·​e·​ri fa·​ci·​as | \ ˈfī-ə-rē-ˈfā-shē-əs, -sē-; ˈfē-e-rē-ˈfä-kē-ˌäs How to pronounce fieri facias (audio) \

Legal Definition of 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

History and Etymology for fieri facias

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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