from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Law A writ of execution authorizing a sheriff to lay a claim to and seize the goods and chattels of a debtor to fulfill a judgment against the debtor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In English law, a writ of execution issued after judgment obtained in a legal action for debt or damages.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A judicial writ that lies for one who has recovered in debt or damages, commanding the sheriff that he cause to be made of the goods, chattels, or real estate of the defendant, the sum claimed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, an execution against property; a writ issued, after the rendering of a judgment for a sum of money, commanding the sheriff to levy upon the goods, or the goods and lands, of the judgment debtor for the collection of the amount due. Abbreviated to fi. fa.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a writ ordering a levy on the belongings of a debtor to satisfy the debt
Middle English, from Medieval Latin fierī faciās, you should cause (it) to be done (words used in the writ) : Latin fierī, to be done + Latin faciās, second person sing. present subjunctive of facere, to do, cause.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin that you cause to be made. (Wiktionary)