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fieri facias

[fahy-uh-rahy fey-shee-as]
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noun Law.
  1. 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.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for fieri facias

fieri facias

noun
  1. law a writ ordering a levy on the belongings of an adjudged debtor to satisfy the debt
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin, literally: cause (it) to be done
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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