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writ

noun uk   /rɪt/ us  

writ noun (DOCUMENT)

[C] specialized law a legal document from a law court that tells you that you will be involved in a legal process and explains what you must do: There have been at least seven writs issued against him for late payment of bills. She has served a writ for libel on the newspaper (= she has delivered it to them officially).

writ noun (AUTHORITY)

[U] formal the authority to rule or make laws: holy writ

writ

verb uk   /rɪt/ old use us  
past participle of write
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