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Meaning of praecipe

prae•ci•pe

Pronunciation: (prē'su-pē", pres'u-), [key]
— n. Law.
  1. any of various legal writs commanding a defendant to do something or to appear and show why it should not be done.
  2. a written order addressed to the clerk of the court requesting that a writ be issued and specifying its contents.
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