- A formal written document that originated in England during the Anglo-Saxon era, depicting the king's grants, decrees, and orders
- A compulsory written order issued by the authority of a court or legal officer, demanding the recipient to either carry out or abstain from some specific action
- The king's decided actions were articulated through a writ.
- The court issued a writ to the defendant, commanding him to cease a specific activity.
- The officer served a writ, demanding that required actions must be taken.