Simple Definition of citation
: an official order to appear before a court of law
: a formal public statement that praises a person for doing something good or brave
: a line or short section taken from a piece of writing or a speech
Full Definition of citation
1 : an official summons to appear (as before a court)
3 : mention: as a : a formal statement of the achievements of a person receiving an academic honor b : specific reference in a military dispatch to meritorious performance of duty
citationalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of citation in a sentence
He was issued a citation.
He received a citation for reckless driving.
gave her a citation for bravery
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Synonym Discussion of citation
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Legal Definition of citation
1 : a writ giving notice to a person to appear in court: as a : a process served upon an interested party in a probate proceeding b : a notice to a person that he or she is charged with a petty offense (as a traffic violation); also : the document embodying the notice Editor's note: Citations are issued in minor criminal cases as an alternative to arrest. Often a person may consent in writing to the penalty specified on the citation and forgo an appearance in court.
2 : the citing of a previously decided case or recognized legal authority as support for an argument; also : the caption used for referring to such a case or authority especially as published in a reporter
citational\-shə-nəl\ play adjective
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