[pree-suh-pee, pres-uh-]
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.

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. 2014.
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