sig·​nif·​i·​ca·​vit | \ -kävə̇t, -kāv- \
plural -s

Definition of significavit

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

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First Known Use of significavit

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for significavit

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

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“Significavit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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