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
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In ecclesiastical law. A writ issuing out of chancery, founded on a bishop's cortificate that the defendant had bcen excommunicated, and requiring the sheriff to arrest and Imprison him, returnable to the king's bench. 4 Bl. Comm. 415; Bac. Abr. "Excommunication," E.