Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A writ to stay or recall an execution by reason of a fact occurring after judgment. See 36 Am. Dec. 329.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The name of a writ constituting the initial process in an action brought by a judgment defendant to obtain relief against the consequences of the judgment, on account of seme matter of defense or discharge, arising since its rendition and which could not be taken advantage of otherwise. Foss v. Witham, 9 Allen (Mass.) 572; Longworth V. Screven. 2 Hill (S. Ct) 298, 27 Am. Dec. 381; McLean v. Bindley, 114 Pa. 559, 8 Atl. 1; Wetmore v. Law, 34 Barb. (N. Y.) 517; Manning v. Phillips, 65 Ga. 550; Coffin v. Ewer, 5 Mete. (Mass.) 228; Gleason v. Peck, 12 Vt56, 36 Am. Dee. 329.