from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A writ commissioning an appellate court to review the proceedings of another court and correct the judgment given if deemed necessary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an original writ, which lies after judgment in an action at law, in a court of record, to correct some alleged error in the proceedings, or in the judgment of the court.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a judicial writ from an appellate court ordering the court of record to produce the records of trial


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  • Then said Judge Hale, I am sorry, woman, that I can do thee no good; thou must do one of those three things aforesaid, namely, either to apply thyself to the King, or sue out his pardon, or get a writ of error; but a writ of error will be cheapest.

    Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners


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