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[ soo-per-see-dee-uh s, -as ]
/ ˌsu pərˈsi di əs, -ˌæs /

noun, plural su·per·se·de·as. Law.

a writ ordering a stoppage or suspension of a judicial proceeding, of the execution of a judgment, or of the enforcement of another writ.

Nearby words

supersaver, superscribe, superscript, superscription, supersede, supersedeas, supersedure, superseniority, supersensible, supersensitive, supersensitize

Origin of supersedeas

< Latin supersedeās, 2nd person singular present subjunctive of supersedēre to supersede, the writ being so named because supersedeās, i.e., you shall desist, occurs in it Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for supersedeas

  • His counsel applied to the Supreme Court for a supersedeas, but the court, after solemn argument, refused the application.

    Hesperothen; Notes from the West, Vol. II (of 2)|W. H. Russell
  • Under certain conditions, if the defendant's hardship could be definitely shown, a writ of certiorari and supersedeas might issue.

    The Grafters|Francis Lynde
  • Robert Foxton got the kings pardon, and so purchasing foorth a supersedeas, the suit therevpon against him was staied.

Word Origin and History for supersedeas



writ to stay legal proceedings, Latin, literally "you shall desist," second person singular subjunctive of supersedare (see supersede).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper