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writ of prohibition

A writ of prohibition is a judicial order that may be used, at a higher court's discretion, to prevent a lower court from interfering with the higher court's determination of a case pending an appeal. Writs of prohibition are sometimes issued...


A write-off means removing an asset from the books, especially as a loss or expense, while to “deduct” an item means to subtract it from gross income or adjusted gross income when calculating taxable income.

In personal-...

wrongful constructive discharge

A modified claim of wrongful termination; instead of firing the employee, the employer wrongfully made working conditions so intolerable that the employee was forced to resign.

Working conditions might become intolerable through insults,...

wrongful death

Wrongful death is a civil cause of action brought by family members and dependents against individuals who knowingly or negligently cause the death of another person. A wrongful death action may be brought against a person also facing...

wrongful death action

A civil action against someone who can be held liable for a death. Any tortious injury that caused someone's death may be grounds for a wrongful death action. Under the common law, a claim for wrongful death had to be brought by the decedent's...

wrongful death statute

A statute that essentially codifies the common law claim of wrongful death, but modifies any rules that legislators deems arcane or unjust. For instance, modern wrongful death statutes permit the decedent's executor or administrator to bring the...

wrongful discharge

See: Wrongful termination.

wrongful termination in violation of public policy

An action for wrongful termination (or discharge) in violation of public policy gives a terminated employee the right to action against their former employer for wrongful termination. Although employment relationships are generally at will,...



Yes. The word "yea" is used in oral voting and also written or spoken when announcing vote results.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. John Doe No. 1 v. Reed, 130 S.Ct. 2811, 2833–34 (2010).

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year and a day


A period of time running from any date until the same date in the following year, e.g. from January 1 to January 1 of the following year. At common law, the statute of limitations for filing certain claims and prosecuting certain crimes....