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[Medieval Latin, he/she has spoiled (someone's property)]
1 : mismanagement or waste of the assets in the estate of a deceased person by the fiduciary in charge of the estate (as the executor)
2 : a common-law writ seeking a remedy for devastavit
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.