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non est

[ non -est ]
/ ˈnɒn ˈɛst /
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noun Law.

the returning of a sheriff's writ when the person to be arrested or served with it cannot be found in the sheriff's jurisdiction.

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Origin of non est

1865–70; <Latin: short for non est inventus (he) was not found
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