writ
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old English wrītan to write Date: before 12th century 1. something written ; writing <
Sacred Writ
>
2. a. a formal written document; specifically a legal instrument in epistolary form issued under seal in the name of the English monarch b. an order or mandatory process in writing issued in the name of the sovereign or of a court or judicial officer commanding the person to whom it is directed to perform or refrain from performing an act specified therein <
writ of detinue
>
<
writ of entry
>
<
writ of execution
>
c. the power and authority of the issuer of such a written order — usually used with run <
outside the United States where…our writ does not run — Dean Acheson
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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