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 compel the sheriff to free a prisoner and take mainpernours. See 3 Bl. Comm. 128.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Writ of manucaption. or mainprise. A writ which lay for one who, being token and imprisoned on a charge of felony, had offered bali, which had been refused; requiring the sheriff to discharge him on his finding sufficient mainpernors Or bail. Reg. Orig. 268b; Fitzh. Nat Brev. 249, G.