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CESSAVIT, Eng. law. An obsolete writ, which could formerly have been sued out when the defendant had for two years ceased or neglected to perform such service or to pay such rent as he was bound to do by his tenure, and had not upon his lands sufficient goods or chattels to be distrained. F. N. B. 208.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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This ambiguous advance in the history of taste was not without detractors--"Cessavit deinde ars" proclaimed the Elder Pliny of Greek art after Lysippus--and a general disapprobation of revivalism has persisted to this day.