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2More fully "writ of supersedeas".
clerk of the supersedeas
An official of the Court of Common Pleas who made out writs of supersedeas.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in William Langland (c1325–c1390), poet. From Anglo-Norman supersedeas, noun from post-classical Latin supersedeas, title of a form of writ from classical Latin supersedeas ‘you shall desist’, used in the formula of the writ.
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