[sur-shee-uh-rair-ahy, -rair-ee]
noun Law.
a writ issuing from a superior court calling up the record of a proceeding in an inferior court for review.
Also called writ of certiorari.

1515–25; < Latin: to be informed, certified, literally, made surer, passive infinitive of certiōrāre to inform, verbal derivative of certior, comparative of certus sure (see certain); so called because v. form occurred in the L original

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certiorari (ˌsɜːtɪɔːˈrɛəraɪ)
law mandamus See also prohibition an order of a superior court directing that a record of proceedings in a lower court be sent up for review
[C15: from legal Latin: to be informed]

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Word Origin & History

legal L., "to be certified, to be informed or shown," 1523, from a word figuring in the opening phrase of such writs.
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Example sentences
Certiorari will be granted only for compelling reasons.
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