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[soo-per-see-dee-uh s, -as]
noun, plural su·per·se·de·as. Law.
  1. a writ ordering a stoppage or suspension of a judicial proceeding, of the execution of a judgment, or of the enforcement of another writ.
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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
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Historical Examples of 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

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

  • Under certain conditions, if the defendant's hardship could be definitely shown, a writ of certiorari and supersedeas might issue.

    The Grafters

    Francis Lynde

Word Origin and History for supersedeas


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

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