One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A writ initiating an action of common recovery.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Cowell (1554–1611), civil lawyer. From post-classical Latin praecipe quod reddat, the name of the writ from classical Latin praecipe + quod what + reddat, 3rd singular present subjunctive of reddere to give back.
praecipe quod reddat/ˌpriːsɪpi ˌkwɒd ˈrɛdat/
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