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writ
  • noun
    A form of written command in the name of a court or other legal authority to act, or abstain from acting, in a particular way. (the two reinstated officers issued a writ for libel against the applicants)
    A piece or body of writing. (And Percivale took it, and found therein a writ and so he read it, and devised the manner of the spindles and of the ship, whence it came, and by whom it was made.)

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