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fieri facias

[fahy-uh-rahy fey-shee-as] /ˈfaɪ əˌraɪ ˈfeɪ ʃiˌæs/
noun, Law.
1.
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.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
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
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British Dictionary definitions for fieri-facias

fieri facias

/ˈfaɪəˌraɪ ˈfeɪʃɪəs/
noun
1.
(law) a writ ordering a levy on the belongings of an adjudged debtor to satisfy the debt
Word Origin
C15: from Latin, literally: cause (it) to be done
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Word Origin and History for fieri-facias

fieri facias

writ concerning a sum awarded in judgment (often requiring seizure and sale of property for debt), Latin, literally "cause it to be done," the first words of the writ.

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