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praecipe

[pree-suh-pee, pres-uh-] /ˈpri səˌpi, ˈprɛs ə-/
noun, Law.
1.
any of various legal writs commanding a defendant to do something or to appear and show why it should not be done.
2.
a written order addressed to the clerk of the court requesting that a writ be issued and specifying its contents.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English presepe < Latin praecipe, 2nd singular imperative of praecipere to take in advance; see precept
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Examples for praecipe
  • Attorney files a legal form known as a praecipe with the clerk of courts ordering the sale of the property.

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