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

    In old English law. A writ of right close, which lay against a tenant who deforced his' lord of the rent or service due to him. Reg. Orig. 159; Fitzh. Nat Brev. 151.