fieri facias

[fahy-uh-rahy fey-shee-as]

noun Law.

a writ commanding a sheriff to levy and sell as much of a debtor's property as is necessary to satisfy a creditor's claim against the debtor. Abbreviation: FI. FA., fi. fa.

Nearby words

  1. fiendish,
  2. fiendishly,
  3. fiennes,
  4. fier,
  5. fierce,
  6. fierstein,
  7. fiery,
  8. fiery cross,
  9. fiesole,
  10. fiesta

Origin of fieri facias

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin: literally, have it made, equivalent to fierī to be made + faciās cause, 2nd singular present subjunctive of facere to bring about Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for fieri facias

fieri facias


law a writ ordering a levy on the belongings of an adjudged debtor to satisfy the debt

Word Origin for fieri facias

C15: from Latin, literally: cause (it) to be done

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Word Origin and History for fieri facias

fieri facias

writ concerning a sum awarded in judgment (often requiring seizure and sale of property for debt), Latin, literally "cause it to be done," the first words of the writ.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper