[ ih-lee-jit ]
/ ɪˈli dʒɪt /

noun Law.

a writ of execution against a judgment debtor's goods, property, or land, held by the judgment creditor until payment of the debt, as from rents on the land.

Origin of elegit

1495–1505; < Latin: he has chosen, perfect 3rd person singular indicative of ēligere; so called from wording of writ
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Examples from the Web for elegit

  • Elegit quippe integer obedire, quam imminutus obsistere: tutius tunc defendit regnum quando arma deposuit.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus|Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
  • Since the Bankruptcy Act 1883 the writ of elegit has extended to lands and hereditaments only.

  • It is to this same period that is owed the writ Elegit which introduced the law practice of a creditor's remedy over real estate.

    The Thirteenth|James J. Walsh