was a writ
in English law
, originating in Stat. 6 Edw. I.
, given by statute to recover lands when the tenant
has for two years failed to perform the conditions of his tenure. It was abolished in 3 and 4 Wm. IV
. The forms and species of this writ were various; such as, cessavit de cantaria
, cessavit de feodifirma
, and cessavit per biennium
- Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1913.