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praecipe

[pree-suh-pee, pres-uh-]
noun Law.
  1. any of various legal writs commanding a defendant to do something or to appear and show why it should not be done.
  2. a written order addressed to the clerk of the court requesting that a writ be issued and specifying its contents.
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Origin of praecipe

1400–50; late Middle English presepe < Latin praecipe, 2nd singular imperative of praecipere to take in advance; see precept
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Word Origin and History for praecipe

n.

c.1500 (in Magna Carta in Anglo-Latin), from Latin praecipe, imperative of praecipere "to admonish, enjoin," from the opening words of such a writ, praecipe quod reddat "enjoin (him) that he render."

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