letters rogatory

plural noun

Definition of letters rogatory 

: a formal written request by a court or judge to a court or judge in a foreign jurisdiction to summon and cause to be examined a specified witness within its jurisdiction and transmit his testimony for use in a pending action — compare dedimus

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First Known Use of letters rogatory

1760, in the meaning defined above

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