supersedeas

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noun su·per·se·de·as \ -ˈsē-dē-əs \

Definition of supersedeas

plural supersedeas
1 :a common-law writ commanding a stay of legal proceedings that is issued under various conditions and especially to stay an officer from proceeding under another writ
2 :an order staying proceedings of an inferior court

Origin and Etymology of supersedeas

Middle English, from Latin, you shall refrain, from supersedēre


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supersedeas

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noun su·per·se·de·as \ ˌsü-pər-ˈsē-dē-əs \

legal Definition of supersedeas

1 :a common-law writ commanding a stay of legal proceedings that is issued under various conditions and especially to stay an officer from proceeding under another writ
2 :an order suspending the proceedings of an inferior court and especially the enforcement of a judgment until reviewed on appeal

Origin and Etymology of supersedeas

Medieval Latin, you should desist (word used in the writ)


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