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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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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