From the present passive infinitive of Latin certiōrō (“to make certain”), from the words used at the beginning of these writs when they were written in Latin: certiorārī volumus (“[we wish] to be made certain”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌsɝʃəˈɹɛɹaɪ/, /ˌsɝʃəˈɹɛɹi/, /ˌsɝʃəˈɹɑɹi/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌsɜːʃəˈɹɛəɹaɪ/, /ˌsɜːʃəˈɹɛəɹi/, /ˌsɜːʃəˈɹɑːɹi/
- Hyphenation: cer‧tio‧ra‧ri
certiorari (plural certioraris)
- (US, law) A grant of the right of an appeal to be heard by an appellate court where that court has discretion to choose which appeals it will hear.
- (Britain, law) A grant of review of a government action by a court with discretion to make such a review.
Form of the verb certiōrō.
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ker.ti.oːˈraː.riː/, [kɛrt̪ioːˈɾäːriː]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /t͡ʃer.t͡si.oˈra.ri/, [t͡ʃɛrt̪͡s̪iɔˈɾɑːri]