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[sahy-ree fey-shee-as; Latin skee-re fah-kee-ahs] /ˈsaɪ ri ˈfeɪ ʃiˌæs; Latin ˈski rɛ ˈfɑ kiˌɑs/
noun, Law.
a writ requiring the party against whom it is brought to show cause why a judgment, letters patent, etc., should not be executed, vacated, or annulled.
a judicial proceeding initiated by such a writ.
scire facias
/ˈsaɪərɪ ˈfeɪʃɪˌæs/
noun (law, rare)
a judicial writ founded upon some record, such as a judgment, letters patent, etc, requiring the person against whom it is brought to show cause why the record should not be enforced or annulled
a proceeding begun by the issue of such a writ


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