writ of extent

noun phrase

Definition of writ of extent

: a writ formerly used to recover debts of record to the British crown and under which the lands, goods, and person of the debtor might all be seized to secure payment

First Known Use of writ of extent

1590, in the meaning defined above

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“Writ of extent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writ%20of%20extent. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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