Writ of inquiry

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a writ issued in certain actions at law, where the defendant has suffered judgment to pass against him by default, in order to ascertain and assess the plaintiff's damages, where they can not readily be ascertained by mere calculation.
- Burrill.

See also: Inquiry

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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