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non est

[non est] /ˈnɒn ˈɛst/
noun, Law.
the returning of a sheriff's writ when the person to be arrested or served with it cannot be found in the sheriff's jurisdiction.
Origin of non est
1865-70; < Latin: short for non est inventus (he) was not found Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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