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scire facias

[sahy-ree fey-shee-as; Latin skee-re fah-kee-ahs]
noun Law.
  1. a writ requiring the party against whom it is brought to show cause why a judgment, letters patent, etc., should not be executed, vacated, or annulled.
  2. a judicial proceeding initiated by such a writ.
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Origin of scire facias

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin scīre faciās literally, make (him) know
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British Dictionary definitions for scire facias

scire facias

noun law rare
  1. a judicial writ founded upon some record, such as a judgment, letters patent, etc, requiring the person against whom it is brought to show cause why the record should not be enforced or annulled
  2. a proceeding begun by the issue of such a writ
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Word Origin

C15: from legal Latin, literally: cause (him) to know
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