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; a brief.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    L. Lat. A writ An original writ. A writ or precept of the king issuing out of his courts. A writ by which a person is summoned or attached to answer an action, complaint, etc., or whereby anything is commanded to be done in the courts, in order to justice, etc. It Is called "breve," from the brevity of it, and is addressed either to the defendant himself, or to the chancellors, judges, sheriffs, or other officers. Skene.
    —Breve de recto. A writ of right, or license for a person ejected out of an estate, to sue for the possession of it.
    —Breve innominatum. A writ making only a general complaint, without the details or particulars of the cause of action.
    —Breve nominatum. A named writ. A writ stating the circumstances or details of the cause of action, with the time, place, and demand, very particularly.
    —Breve originale. An original writ; a writ which gave origin and commencement to a suit.
    —Breve perquirere. To purchase a writ or license of trial in the king's courts by the plaintiff.
    —Breve testatum. A written memorandum introduced to perpetuate the tenor of the conveyance and investiture of lands. 2 Bl. Comm. 307. In Scotch law. A similar memorandum made out at the time of the transfer, attested by the pares curve and by the seal of the superior. Bell.