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 of waste.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Writ of waste. A writ which might be brought by him who had the immediate estate of inheritance In reversion or remainder, against the tenant for life, In dower, by curtesy or for years, where the latter bad committed waste in lands; calling upon the tenant to appear and show cause why he committed waste and destruction in the place named, to the disinherison (ad exhœredationem) of the plaintiff. Fitzh. Nat. Brev. 55, C; 3 Bl. Comm. 227, 228. Abolished by St. 3 & 4 Wm. IV. c. 27. 3 Steph. Comm. 506.