writ of right

noun phrase

: a common law writ for restoring to its owner property held by another
: a writ granted as a matter of right

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of writ of right was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near writ of right

Cite this Entry

“Writ of right.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writ%20of%20right. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Legal Definition

writ of right

see writ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?