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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The title to land held under execution of a writ of elegit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic A judicial writ ordering seizure of a debtor's property.

Etymologies

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Latin elegit ("he has chosen")

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