writ of assistance

noun phrase

: a writ issued to a law officer (such as a sheriff or marshal) for the enforcement of a court order or decree
especially : one used to enforce an order for the possession of lands
: a writ used especially in colonial America authorizing a law officer to search in unspecified locations for unspecified illegal goods

Word History

First Known Use

1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of writ of assistance was in 1706

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“Writ of assistance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writ%20of%20assistance. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

writ of assistance

see writ

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