Definitions for writrɪt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a sealed document, issued in the name of a court, government, sovereign, etc., directing an officer or official to do or refrain from doing some specified act. (in early English law) any formal document in letter form, under seal, and in the sovereign's name.
something written; a writing:
Origin of writ:
bef. 900; ME, OE, c. OHG riz stroke, ON rit writing, Go writs serif; akin to write
Ref: a pt. and pp. of write
writ, judicial writ(noun)
(law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer
A written order, issued by a court, ordering someone to do (or stop doing) something.
(normally, u201Cwrittenu201D) and used in the phrase writ large
Origin: writ-, whence also Old High German riz, Old Norse rit
3d pers. sing. pres. of Write, for writeth
imp. & p. p. of Write
that which is written; writing; scripture; -- applied especially to the Scriptures, or the books of the Old and New testaments; as, sacred writ
an instrument in writing, under seal, in an epistolary form, issued from the proper authority, commanding the performance or nonperformance of some act by the person to whom it is directed; as, a writ of entry, of error, of execution, of injunction, of mandamus, of return, of summons, and the like
In common law, a writ is a formal written order issued by a body with administrative or judicial jurisdiction; in modern usage, this body is generally a court. Warrants, prerogative writs and subpoenas are common types of writs but there are many others.
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