subpoena

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1sub·poe·na

noun \sə-ˈpē-nə, ÷-nē\

law : a written order that commands someone to appear in court to give evidence

Full Definition of SUBPOENA

:  a writ commanding a person designated in it to appear in court under a penalty for failure

Examples of SUBPOENA

  1. <received a subpoena to appear as a witness for the prosecution>

Origin of SUBPOENA

Middle English suppena, from Latin sub poena under penalty
First Known Use: 15th century

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2subpoena

transitive verb

law : to order someone to appear in court to give evidence : to issue a subpoena to (someone) or for (something)

subpoenaedsubpoena·ing

Full Definition of SUBPOENA

:  to serve or summon with a writ of subpoena

Examples of SUBPOENA

  1. He was subpoenaed to testify in a hearing.
  2. The prosecutor subpoenaed the defendant's financial records.

First Known Use of SUBPOENA

1640

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

subpoena

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In law, a writ commanding the person upon whom it has been served to appear in court or before a congressional committee, grand jury, or some other body, under a penalty for failure to comply. Unlike a summons, a subpoena may command the recipient to produce evidence necessary to the resolution of a legal matter or controversy.

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