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writ

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Law
writwrit1 /rɪt/ noun [countable]  SCLa document from a court that orders someone to do or not to do something He issued a writ against the newspaper. The company has been served with a writ for damages. Holy Writ
Examples from the Corpus
writThe Chairman of the Board immediately issued a writ for libel.He was released temporarily under a writ of corpus, pending his forthcoming trial.His firm unleashes its nuclear arsenal of threats and writs.In fact the writ was then withdrawn.issued ... writHe issued a writ claiming damages for wrongful dismissal.The Chairman of the Board immediately issued a writ for libel.The landlord issued a writ to recover the unpaid rent.We then issued a writ and proceedings ensued.It libelled the plaintiff who issued a writ against the editor.On 15 July 1987, the Woolwich issued a writ to recover the capital sum and interest thereon.Darlington Borough Council yesterday issued a writ for damages arising out of the £12m construction of the Dolphin Centre.
writwrit2 adjective   writ largeFrom Longman Business Dictionarywritwrit /rɪt/ noun [countable, uncountable]LAW a document from a court that orders someone to do or not to do somethingA number of depositors issued a writ against the central bank, alleging that it had failed to exercise proper supervision.an action begun by writ