[ 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.

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
Also called writ of certiorari.
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British Dictionary definitions for certiorari

/ (ˌsɜːtɪɔːˈrɛəraɪ) /


law an order of a superior court directing that a record of proceedings in a lower court be sent up for reviewSee also mandamus, prohibition

Word Origin for certiorari

C15: from legal Latin: to be informed
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