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In archaic law, a computo was a writ, thus called from its effect, which was to compel a bailiff, chamberlain, or receiver to yield his accounts. The same was true for executors of executors; and against the guardian in socage, for waste made in the minority of the heir.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChambers, Ephraim, ed. (1728). "article name needed". Cyclopædia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (first ed.). James and John Knapton, et al.