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scire facias

[sahy-ree fey-shee-as; Latin skee-re fah-kee-ahs] /ˈsaɪ ri ˈfeɪ ʃiˌæs; Latin ˈski rɛ ˈfɑ kiˌɑs/
noun, Law.
1.
a writ requiring the party against whom it is brought to show cause why a judgment, letters patent, etc., should not be executed, vacated, or annulled.
2.
a judicial proceeding initiated by such a writ.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin scīre faciās literally, make (him) know
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scire facias

/ˈsaɪərɪ ˈfeɪʃɪˌæs/
noun (law, rare)
1.
a judicial writ founded upon some record, such as a judgment, letters patent, etc, requiring the person against whom it is brought to show cause why the record should not be enforced or annulled
2.
a proceeding begun by the issue of such a writ
Word Origin
C15: from legal Latin, literally: cause (him) to know
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