fieri facias

[fahy-uh-rahy fey-shee-as]
noun Law.
a writ commanding a sheriff to levy and sell as much of a debtor's property as is necessary to satisfy a creditor's claim against the debtor. Abbreviation: FI. FA., fi. fa.

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin: literally, have it made, equivalent to fierī to be made + faciās cause, 2nd singular present subjunctive of facere to bring about Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To fieri-facias
World English Dictionary
fieri facias (ˈfaɪəˌraɪ ˈfeɪʃɪəs)
law a writ ordering a levy on the belongings of an adjudged debtor to satisfy the debt
[C15: from Latin, literally: cause (it) to be done]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

fieri facias
writ concerning a sum awarded in judgment (often requiring seizure and sale of property for debt), 1463, from L., lit. "cause it to be done," the first words of the writ.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature