One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A writ issued in cases of disputed presentation to a benefice, requiring the defendant to state why he or she hinders the plaintiff from making the presentation; an action brought in such a case.
Late Middle English. From Anglo-Norman quare impedit and its etymon post-classical Latin quare impedit, lit. ‘why he hinders’ from classical Latin quārē why, wherefore + impedit, 3rd singular of impedīre.
quare impedit/ˌkwɑːreɪ ɪmˈpɛdɪt//ˌkwɛːrɪ ˈɪmpɪdɪt/
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