Zoning Ordinance

Definition:   classification of real property for various purposes; the government power to control and supervise the use of privately owned real property Pronunciation:   \ˈzōn\ \ˈȯrd-nən(t)s\ Used in a Sentence:   The town has passed a zoning ordinance limiting construction.

Zero Lot Line

Definition:   a term generally used to describe the positioning of a structure on a lot so that one side rests directly on the lot’s boundary line Pronunciation: Used in a Sentence:   The zoning laws do not allow building with zero lot lines.


Definition:   the return on an investment or the amount of profit, stated as a percentage of the amount invested; the rate of return Pronunciation:   \ˈyēld\ Used in a Sentence:   The bonds yield seven percent annually.

Writ Of Supersedeas

Definition:   a stay of enforcement, temporary stop in a legal proceeding, restraining order Pronunciation:   \ˌsü-pər-ˈsē-dē-əs\ Used in a Sentence:

Writ Of Mandamus

Definition:   a writ issued by a superior court commanding the performance of a specified official act or duty Pronunciation:   \man-ˈdā-məs\ Used in a Sentence:    The DPR can file a proceeding in the name of the state requesting the circuit court to issue a writ of mandamus ordering an unlicensed activity to stop.

Writ Of Certiorari

Definition:   an extraordinary writ issued by a superior court to call up the records of a particular case from an inferior judicial body Pronunciation:   \ˌsər-shē-ə-ˈrar-ē\ Used in a Sentence:   A Writ of Certiorari is one the two ways to have a case from a U.S. Court of Appeals reviewed by the U.S Supreme Court.


Definition:   the act of signing one’s name to a contract, deed, will, or other document for the purpose of attesting to its authenticity and proving its execution by testifying, if required Pronunciation:  \ˈwit-nəs\ Used in a Sentence:   He witnessed the signing of her will.

Withhold Adjudication

Definition:   when the court determines that a defendant is not likely to again engage in a criminal act and that the ends of justice and the welfare of society do not require the defendant suffer the penalty imposed by law, the court may withhold adjudication of guilt, stay the imposition of the sentence, and place the defendant on probation Pronunciation:   \ə-ˌjü-di-ˈkā-shən\ Used in a Sentence:  When the court determined the defendant was not a threat to engage in the activity again it withheld adjudication and placed the defendant on probation.


Definition:  a written document legally executed by which an individual disposes of an estate, effective after death Pronunciation:  \wəl\ Used in a Sentence:   In his will, he asked that his money be donated to the church.