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a legal order issued by the authority and in the name of the
state to compel a person to do something therein mentioned. It is issued by a court or other competent
tribunal, and is directed to the sheriff or other officer authorized to execute
it. In every case the writ itself contains directions for doing what is required.
see peremptory writ; prerogative writ. Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; © 2016