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Meaning of WRIT

Pronunciation:  rit

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer

WRIT is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: judicial writ
 See Also: assize, attachment, certiorari, court order, fieri facias, habeas corpus, instrument, legal document, legal instrument, mandamus, official document, process, scire facias, sequestration, subpoena, subpoena ad testificandum, subpoena duces tecum, summons, venire facias, warrant, writ of certiorari, writ of detinue, writ of election, writ of error, writ of habeas corpus, writ of mandamus, writ of prohibition, writ of right



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Writ\, obs.
    3d pers. sing. pres. of {Write}, for writeth. --Chaucer.
  2. \Writ\, archaic
    imp. & p. p. of {Write}. --Dryden.
  3. \Writ\, n. [AS. writ, gewrit. See {Write}.]
    1. That which is written; writing; scripture; -- applied
       especially to the Scriptures, or the books of the Old and
       New testaments; as, sacred writ. ``Though in Holy Writ not
       named.'' --Milton.
             Then to his hands that writ he did betake, Which he
             disclosing read, thus as the paper spake. --Spenser.
             Babylon, so much spoken of in Holy Writ. --Knolles.
    2. (Law) 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.
    Note: Writs are usually witnessed, or tested, in the name of
          the chief justice or principal judge of the court out
          of which they are issued; and those directed to a
          sheriff, or other ministerial officer, require him to
          return them on a day specified. In former English law
          and practice, writs in civil cases were either original
          or judicial; the former were issued out of the Court of
          Chancery, under the great seal, for the summoning of a
          defendant to appear, and were granted before the suit
          began and in order to begin the same; the latter were
          issued out of the court where the original was
          returned, after the suit was begun and during the
          pendency of it. Tomlins. Brande. Encyc. Brit. The term
          writ is supposed by Mr. Reeves to have been derived
          from the fact of these formul[ae] having always been
          expressed in writing, being, in this respect,
          distinguished from the other proceedings in the ancient
          action, which were conducted orally.
    {Writ of account}, {Writ of capias}, etc. See under
       {Account}, {Capias}, etc.
    {Service of a writ}. See under {Service}.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: A judicial order directing a person to do something.