from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A writ containing a command to stay legal proceedings, as in the halting or delaying of the execution of a sentence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of surety bond that a court requires from an appellant who wants to delay payment of a judgement until the appeal is over.
- n. A writ requiring a lower court to suspend an action
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A writ of command to suspend the powers of an officer in certain cases, or to stay proceedings under another writ.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, a writ having in general the effect of a command to stay, on good cause shown, some ordinary proceedings which ought otherwise to have proceeded.
- n. Hence, a stay; a stop.
Middle English, from Medieval Latin supersedeās, you must desist (from the writ), from Latin, second person sing. present subjunctive of supersedēre, to desist from; see supersede.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin (Wiktionary)