American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A writ of execution against a debtor by which the debtor's property or goods are delivered to the plaintiff until the debtor can settle the debt.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, in England and in some of the United States, a judicial writ of execution, which may at the election of the creditor issue on a judgment or on a forfeiture of recognizance, commanding the sheriff to take the judgment debtor's goods, and, if necessary thereafter, his lands, and deliver them to the judgment creditor, who can retain them until the satisfaction of the judgment.
- n. The title to land held under execution of a writ of elegit.
- n. archaic A judicial writ ordering seizure of a debtor's property.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) A judicial writ of execution, by which a defendant's goods are appraised and delivered to the plaintiff, and, if not sufficient to satisfy the debt, all of his lands are delivered, to be held till the debt is paid by the rents and profits, or until the defendant's interest has expired.
- Latin elegit ("he has chosen") (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin ēlēgit, from Latin, one has chosen (the first word of a phrase frequently used in the writ), third person sing. perfect tense of ēligere, to choose; see elect. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Lorenzo de Monticelso electus est in sedem apostolicam, et elegit sibi nomen Paulum Quartum.”
“Note 50: Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermo I in dominica Palmarum, PL 183.255: "qui parvulus natus est, et primam parvulorum elegit aciem (Innocentes loquor), hodie quoque parvulos a gratia non excludit." back”
“Et elegit sibi Lot omnem planitiem Jarden, et profectus est Lot ad”
“* Non ob aliud dicit, non vos me elegistis, sed ego vos elegi, nisi quia non elegerunt eum, ut eligeret eos; sed ut eligerent eum, elegit eos.”
“Pelag., hath this passage of him and from him: “Ignatius vir apostolicus et martyr scribit audacter, elegit Dominus apostolos qui super crones homines peccatores erant;” which words, as they are not now in these epistles, so, as one observes, if ever he wrote them, as is pretended, he did it audacter indeed.”
“Quas sibi homines eligunt; alius elegit sibi vitam negociandi, alius vitam rusticandi; alius vitam fœnerandi, alius vitam militandi, alius illam, alius illam.”
“Et puto, nos Deus apostolos novissimos elegit veluti bestiarios.”
“Luke 6: 13-14: "Et cum dies factus esset, vocavit discipulos suos, et elegit duodecim ex ipsis (quos et Apostolos nominavit): Simonem, quem cognominavit Petrum ...”
“Post baptismum uero elegit duodecim discipulos, quorum unus traditor eius fuit.”
“And he says Optimam partem elegit Maria, licet non minoris (fortasse) meriti sit apud Deum humilis conversatio Marthæ, sed de electione Maria laudatur: quoniam illa omnino (quo ad nos spectat) eligenda, hæc vero si injungitur patienter est toleranda.”
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