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[sur-shee-uh-rair-ahy, -rair-ee] /ˌsɜr ʃi əˈrɛər aɪ, -ˈrɛər i/
noun, Law.
a writ issuing from a superior court calling up the record of a proceeding in an inferior court for review.
Also called writ of certiorari.
Origin of certiorari
1515-25; < Latin: to be informed, certified, literally, made surer, passive infinitive of certiōrāre to inform, verbal derivative of certior, comparative of certus sure (see certain); so called because v. form occurred in the L original Unabridged
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(law) an order of a superior court directing that a record of proceedings in a lower court be sent up for review See also mandamus, prohibition
Word Origin
C15: from legal Latin: to be informed
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Word Origin and History for certiorari

legal Latin, "to be certified, to be informed or shown," from a word figuring in the opening phrase of such writs from superior to inferior courts seeking the records of a case. Passive present infinitive of certorare "to certify, inform," from certior, comp. of certus "sure" (see certain).

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