One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A writ requiring the sheriff to secure sureties for the appearance of the defendant.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Cowell (1554–1611), civil lawyer. From post-classical Latin pone per vadium from classical Latin pōne + per through + post-classical Latin vadium pledge.
pone per vadium/ˌpəʊneɪ pəː ˈvadɪəm/
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