writ of prohibition

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n writ of prohibition a judicial writ from a higher court ordering a lower court not to exercise jurisdiction in a particular case
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Writ of prohibition (Law) a writ issued by a superior tribunal, directed to an inferior court, commanding the latter to cease from the prosecution of a suit depending before it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Writ of prohibition (law) a writ from a superior tribunal staying proceedings in a lower court:
    • Writ of prohibition (Scots law) a clause in a deed of entail forbidding the heir to sell the estate, contract debt, &c
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. prohibēre, prohibitumpro, before, habēre, to have.

Usage

In literature:

Why are such writs prohibited by the Constitution of the United States?
"A Short History of the United States" by Edward Channing
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