praecipe

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

(pree-suh-pee or pres-uh-pee) 1) A written order (also called a writ) that commands a defendant to do something or to show why it should not be done. 2) A written request for court action -- for example, setting a trial date or entering a judgment.

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.