Definition of elegit in English:

elegit

noun

Law
  • 1In full "writ of elegit". A writ of execution by which a creditor is put in possession of all or some of the goods and lands of a debtor, until his or her claim is satisfied.

  • 2The right secured by this writ. Chiefly in "by elegit".

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Rotuli Parliament. From post-classical Latin elegit, name of a writ, use as noun of classical Latin ēlēgit ‘he has chosen’, 3rd person singular perfect of ēligere to choose, so called from the first words of the writ, elegit sibi liberari.

Pronunciation

elegit

/ɪˈliːdʒɪt/