fieri facias

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fi·er·i fa·ci·as

 (fī′ə-rē fā′shē-əs, fā′shəs)
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.

[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.]

fieri facias

(ˈfaɪəˌraɪ ˈfeɪʃɪəs)
(Law) law a writ ordering a levy on the belongings of an adjudged debtor to satisfy the debt
[C15: from Latin, literally: cause (it) to be done]

fi•e•ri fa•ci•as

(ˈfaɪ əˌraɪ ˈfeɪ ʃiˌæs)

a writ commanding a sheriff to sell as much of a debtor's property as necessary to satisfy a creditor's claim.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Latin: literally, may it be caused to happen]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fieri facias - a writ ordering a levy on the belongings of a debtor to satisfy the debt
judicial writ, writ - (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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Writ of FiFa (Writ of Fieri Facias) is a leave of court to execute a judgment obtained by a judgment creditor in a legal action for debt or damages by levying on the property of the judgment debtor.
The Charlottesville sheriff began to levy the writ of fieri facias on the personal property of Premo.
Devereux maintained that the play's authorship could not be attributed on the basis of the printer's colophon, then erroneously claimed that the colophon represented a 'playful variation' on the writ of fieri facias, a legal instrument employed to seize the property of debtors.