One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An order requesting a writ or other legal document.
- ‘Accordingly, if one of the ships named in the praecipe were to be arrested the court would be bound to order its release.’
- ‘This action was commenced as a result of the order of the judge who set aside a praecipe order for the assessment of the solicitors' accounts.’
- ‘On December 3, 2001 he took out on an order on praecipe for its assessment.’
- ‘If it is a matter that arises, that is, if he files a praecipe and a subpoena is issued before the special leave, we will seek to have the matter determined then.’
- ‘At about 4 p.m., his lawyer acquired the document after filing a praecipe for a writ of summons, a type of complaint used to build the foundation of a lawsuit.’
- 1.1historical A writ demanding action or an explanation of non-action.
Latin (the first word of the writ), imperative of praecipere ‘enjoin, command’. See also precept.
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