scire facias

[sahy-ree fey-shee-as; Latin skee-re fah-kee-ahs]
noun Law.
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.
a judicial proceeding initiated by such a writ.

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin scīre faciās literally, make (him) know Unabridged
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scire facias (ˈsaɪərɪ ˈfeɪʃɪˌæs)
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
[C15: from legal Latin, literally: cause (him) to know]

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