- a formal order under seal, issued in the name of a sovereign, government, court, or other competent authority, enjoining the officer or other person to whom it is issued or addressed to do or refrain from some specified act.
- (in early English law) any formal document in letter form, under seal, and in the sovereign's name.
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What Republicans really stand forThis is important, because it gets at the actual argument, writ large, that Republicans are making right now.A disgusting GOP attack ad shows what’s really at stake in Georgia|Greg Sargent|December 18, 2020|Washington Post
Gomitaku writ large, the print towers over the show to exemplify trash that’s typically much smaller or even, in the case of microplastics, unseeable with the naked eye.In the galleries: Up to his elbows in watery works and lustrous prints|Mark Jenkins|December 18, 2020|Washington Post
The lawsuit seeks a writ of mandamus — a court order that would require OSHA to fulfill its duties.Health-care workers file lawsuit against OSHA, accusing agency of failing to keep them safe|Eli Rosenberg|October 29, 2020|Washington Post
We also asked pollsters what, if anything, they were still worried about in 2020, regarding either their own polls or the polling industry writ large.
A real problem for the polling industry writ large was the underrepresentation of voters with little or no college education.
Writ in its history are all the ills and passions of the past century.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.|Ana Marie Cox|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
McCain said additional economic sanctions against Russia writ large were also called for.
Baghdadi is unlikely to comply, and Zawahiri has long been unable to enforce his writ on the Iraqi branch of al Qaeda.
It is the isolation of rural America writ in bricks and mortar.
And we saw that same desire to be free in Tunisia, where the will of the people proved more powerful than the writ of a dictator.
If he is a notorious spendthrift they outlaw him by means of a writ presented to the magistrate.The History of Sumatra|William Marsden
I should have stayed at home and writ to him, an' he'd have been compelled to send the police with it.Some Everyday Folk and Dawn|Miles Franklin
But you have been a patient listener to my inaugural lecture, and it is time to give you a writ of ease.Blue-Stocking Hall, Vol. 1 (of 3)|William Pitt Scargill
The second attempt to serve the writ on the child was more successful.The Fugitive Slave Law and Its Victims|American Anti-Slavery Society
The writ was sent to the late warden on the 5th April, and the notification to the citizens took place on the 9th.The Story of London|Henry B. Wheatley