Definition of writ noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//rɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪt//
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writ (for something) (against somebody) a legal document from a court telling somebody to do or not to do something The company has been served with a writ for breach of contract. We fully intend to issue a writ against the newspaper. see also Holy Writ See related entries: Legal documents Word Originnoun Old English, as a general term denoting written matter, from the Germanic base of write.Extra examples A writ was filed in the High Court. Creditors could obtain a writ for the arrest of their debtors. He can file a petition for a writ of habeas corpus. He has been served with a High Court writ. The Supreme Court granted a writ. The businessmen have issued a writ against the authority for damages. The lawyer came to serve a writ on him. a writ for damages/​libel a writ of execution/​summons
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