One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A writ requiring a person or persons to keep the peace.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Chancery Petitions. From post-classical Latin supplicavit, name of a writ, specific use of classical Latin supplicāvit ‘he (or she) has supplicated’, 3rd person singular perfect indicative of supplicāre supplicate; so called from the first words of the writ: supplicavit nobis ‘he (or she) has supplicated us’.
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