1 [rit]
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.
(in early English law) any formal document in letter form, under seal, and in the sovereign's name.
something written; a writing: sacred writ.

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Norse rit writing, Gothic writs letter. See write

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To writs
World English Dictionary
writ1 (rɪt)
1.  law Official name: claim (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
2.  archaic a piece or body of writing: Holy Writ
[Old English; related to Old Norse rit, Gothic writs stroke, Old High German riz (German Riss a tear). See write]

writ2 (rɪt)
1.  archaic, dialect or a past tense and past participle of write
2.  writ large plain to see; very obvious

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

O.E. 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
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.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature