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writ1

[rit] /rɪt/
noun
1.
Law.
  1. a formal order under seal, issued in the name of a sovereign, government, court, or other competent authority, enjoining the officer or other person to whom it is issued or addressed to do or refrain from some specified act.
  2. (in early English law) any formal document in letter form, under seal, and in the sovereign's name.
2.
something written; a writing:
sacred writ.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Norse rit writing, Gothic writs letter. See write
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  • Historians do not usually answer such criticisms by firing off writs.
  • Several writs may be issued at the same time so long as only one garnishee is named in a writ.
  • The writs will be initially filed in the district in which they arose, the subject matter is situated or in which a party resides.
British Dictionary definitions for writs

writ1

/rɪt/
noun
1.
(law) (formerly) a document under seal, issued in the name of the Crown or a court, commanding the person to whom it is addressed to do or refrain from doing some specified act Official name claim
2.
(archaic) a piece or body of writing: Holy Writ
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old Norse rit, Gothic writs stroke, Old High German riz (German Riss a tear). See write

writ2

/rɪt/
verb
1.
(archaic or dialect) a past tense and past participle of write
2.
writ large, plain to see; very obvious
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Word Origin and History for writs

writ

n.

Old English writ "something written, piece of writing," from the past participle stem of writan (see write). Used of legal documents or instruments since at least 1121.

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