Significavit

Significavit is an obsolete writ in English ecclesiastical law, issued out of chancery, that a man be excommunicated for forty days, and imprisoned until he submits himself to the authority of the church. ...
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Significavit

• (n.) Formerly, a writ issuing out of chancery, upon certificate given by the ordinary, of a man`s standing excommunicate by the space of forty days, for the laying him up in prison till he submit himself to the authority of the church.
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Significavit

Sig`ni·fi·ca'vit noun [ Latin , (he) has signified, perf. ind. of significare to signify.] (Eng. Eccl. Law) Formerly, a writ issuing out of chancery, upon certificate given by the ordinary, of a man's standing excommunicate by the space of forty days, for the laying him up in prison...
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