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subpoena

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noun sub·poe·na \sə-ˈpē-nə, ÷-nē\

Simple Definition of subpoena

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

Full Definition of subpoena

  1. :  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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subpoena

transitive verb sub·poe·na

Simple Definition of subpoena

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

Full Definition of subpoena

subpoenaedsubpoena·ing

  1. :  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.



1640

First Known Use of subpoena

1640



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