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

    An action of debt brought without a writ.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    b. Lat Debt without writ; debt without a declaration. In old practice, this term denoted an action begun by original bill, instead of by writ In modern usage, it is sometimes applied to a debt evidenced by confession of judgment without suit. The equivalent Norman-French phrase was "debit sans breve." Both are abbreviated to d. s. b.