Definition of “writ” - English Dictionary

“writ” in British English

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writnoun

uk /rɪt/ us /rɪt/

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

writverb

uk /rɪt/ us /rɪt/ old use

past participle of write

(Definition of “writ” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“writ” in American English

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writnoun [ C ]

us /rɪt/ law

a legal document from a court of law which orders someone to do something or not to do something

(Definition of “writ” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“writ” in Business English

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writnoun [ C ]

uk /rɪt/ us

LAW a legal document from a court which orders someone to do something or to not do something:

issue/serve a writ The company served a writ on the newspaper for publishing false accusations.
be served with a writ The author has been served with a writ which he will be contesting.

(Definition of “writ” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)