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certiorari

[ sur-shee-uh-rair-ahy, -rair-ee ]
/ ˌsɜr ʃi əˈrɛər aɪ, -ˈrɛər i /
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noun Law.
a writ issuing from a superior court calling up the record of a proceeding in an inferior court for review.
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Also called writ of certiorari.

Origin of certiorari

First recorded in 1515–25; from Latin: “to be informed, certified,” literally, “made surer,” passive infinitive of certiōrāre “to inform,” verbal derivative of certior, comparative of certus “sure”; so called because the passive infinitive form occurred in the Latin original; see certain
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British Dictionary definitions for certiorari

certiorari
/ (ˌsɜːtɪɔːˈrɛəraɪ) /

noun
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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