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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In common law, a writ issued out of the court of one county to the sheriff of another, reciting a previous unsatisfied writ, saying “it is testified that the defendant lurks or wanders in your bailiwick.” The previous writ and its citation are now generally dispensed with.
  • n. One of the clauses of an English deed, including a statement of the consideration money and the receipt thereof, and the operative words of transfer. Also called the witnessing or operative clause.

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