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1In full "writ of elegit". A writ of execution by which a creditor is put in possession of all or some of the goods and lands of a debtor, until his or her claim is satisfied.
2The right secured by this writ. Chiefly in "by elegit".
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Rotuli Parliament. From post-classical Latin elegit, name of a writ, use as noun of classical Latin ēlēgit ‘he has chosen’, 3rd person singular perfect of ēligere to choose, so called from the first words of the writ, elegit sibi liberari: see quot. 1809 at sense 1.
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