pre·scribe /pri-'skrīb/ vb pre·scribed, pre·scrib·ing
1: to claim title or a right to something (as an easement) by prescription
a precarious possessor cannot prescribe against the owner
2 in the civil law of Louisiana: to become unenforceable or invalid by prescription
any party having an interest in a money judgment may have it revived before it prescribe sLouisiana Civil Code
1: to lay down as a rule or guide: specify with authority
the times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the legislature thereofU.S. Constitution art. I
2 in the civil law of Louisiana: to invalidate or bar the enforcement of by prescription
this claim for damages shall not be prescribed so long as the minor's right of action exists against his tutorLouisiana Civil Code

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb administer, advocate, bid, charge, command, conduct, control, decide, decree, demand, designate, dictate, direct, enjoin, exact, exercise authority, give a directive, give a mandate, give an order, give directions, guide, impose, instruct, issue an order, lay out, lead, mandate, mark out, ordain, order, pilot, praescribere, prevail over, proclaim, regulate, require, set, steer, superintend, write a prescription associated concepts: prescribe remedies, prescribed by law II index administer (conduct), admonish (advise), advise, advocate, allocate, assign (designate), authorize, call (demand), caution, command, constitute (establish), counsel, decree, define, detail (assign), dictate, direct (order), drug, enact, govern, impose (enforce), instruct (direct), order, pass (approve), recommend, require (compel), rule (govern), urge

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) To direct, guide, or recommend; to order that some action be taken.
(2) To claim the right to use something based on a history of having used it for a long time; to claim an easement to land on the basis of having used the land for a period of time already.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


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