Definition of praecipe in English:



  • 1An order requesting a writ or other legal document.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Accordingly, if one of the ships named in the praecipe were to be arrested the court would be bound to order its release.’
    • ‘On December 3, 2001 he took out on an order on praecipe for its assessment.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 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.