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[pree-suh-pee, pres-uh-] /ˈpri səˌpi, ˈprɛs ə-/
noun, Law.
any of various legal writs commanding a defendant to do something or to appear and show why it should not be done.
a written order addressed to the clerk of the court requesting that a writ be issued and specifying its contents.
Origin of praecipe
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English presepe < Latin praecipe, 2nd singular imperative of praecipere to take in advance; see precept Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin and History for praecipe

c.1500 (in Magna Carta in Anglo-Latin), from Latin praecipe, imperative of praecipere "to admonish, enjoin," from the opening words of such a writ, praecipe quod reddat "enjoin (him) that he render."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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