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1subpoena

noun sub·poe·na \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

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