noun sig·nif·i·ca·vit \-kävə̇t, -kāv-\

Definition of significavit



  1. 1a :  a bishop's certificate that a person has been in a state of excommunication for 40 days b :  a resulting chancery writ ordering the recalcitrant's imprisonment until submission to the church

  2. 2 :  a writ commanding a stay of a suit because of plaintiff's excommunication

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Origin and Etymology of significavit

Middle English, from Latin, he has signified (the first word in the writ), 3d person singular perfect indicative of significare

First Known Use: 15th century

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a brief usually trivial fact

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