noun English Law.
a writ charging the offense of resorting to a foreign court or authority, as that of the pope, and thus calling in question the supremacy of the English crown.
the penalty of forfeiture, imprisonment, outlawry, etc., incurred.
short for Medieval Latin praemūnīre faciās
(for Latin praemonēre faciās
that you cause (the person specified) to be forewarned), the operative words of the writ; praemūnīre
to warn (Latin:
protect, literally, fortify); replacing late Middle English premunire facias
< Medieval Latin,
as above. See prae-