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  1. praecipe(Noun)

    A writ demanding action, or requiring a reason for neglecting it.

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  1. Praecipe(noun)

    a writ commanding something to be done, or requiring a reason for neglecting it

  2. Praecipe(noun)

    a paper containing the particulars of a writ, lodged in the office out of which the writ is to be issued

  3. Origin: [L., imperative of praecipere to give rules or precepts. See Precept.]


  1. Praecipe

    In law in the United States, a praecipe is a document that either commands a defendant to appear and show cause why an act or thing should not be done; or requests the clerk of court to issue a writ and to specify its contents. In Canada it is used in place of a notice of motion as an application for a desk order that is granted in the court registry without a hearing before a judge. However in the United States Clerks are variously limited to handle minor precepts in the name of the Court.

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