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ˈfaɪ əˌraɪ ˈfeɪ ʃiˌæsfieri fa·cias

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fieri faciasnoun

    a writ ordering a levy on the belongings of a debtor to satisfy the debt


  1. fieri faciasnoun

    In English law, a writ of execution issued after judgment obtained in a legal action for debt or damages.

    Etymology: From that you cause to be made.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fieri facias

    a judicial writ that lies for one who has recovered in debt or damages, commanding the sheriff that he cause to be made of the goods, chattels, or real estate of the defendant, the sum claimed

    Etymology: [L., cause it to be done.]


  1. Fieri facias

    A fieri facias, usually abbreviated fi. fa. is a writ of execution after judgment obtained in a legal action for debt or damages. The term is used in English law for such a writ issued in the High Court. Some jurisdictions in the United States also employ this writ, such as the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is addressed to the sheriff or High Court Enforcement Officer, and commands him to make good the amount out of the goods of the person against whom judgment has been obtained. As of March 2008 fi. fa. can be sought on judgment debts in excess of £600. Whilst fi. fa. can be used to enforce judgments obtained in the County Court, judgment debts of less than £5,000 are usually enforced by way of a warrant of execution. Hong Kong statute provides that money and banknotes, Government stock, bonds and other securities for money are amenable to attachment and sale though fieri facias. But with reference to the English case Alleyne v Darcy 5 I Ch R 56, securities for money do not include life insurance policies. This writ was once so common that fieri facias became a slang term for a sheriff, with a pun on the "fiery [ruddy] face" of habitual drunkenness, or for anyone with a ruddy complexion.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fieri facias in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fieri facias in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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