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[pree-suh-pee, pres-uh-] /ˈpri səˌpi, ˈprɛs ə-/

noun, Law.
any of various legal writs commanding a defendant to do something or to appear and show why it should not be done.
a written order addressed to the clerk of the court requesting that a writ be issued and specifying its contents.

c.1500 (in Magna Carta in Anglo-Latin), from Latin praecipe, imperative of praecipere “to admonish, enjoin,” from the opening words of such a writ, praecipe quod reddat “enjoin (him) that he render.”


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