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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of subpoena

subpoenaedsubpoenaing

  1. :  to serve or summon with a writ of subpoena

Examples of subpoena in a sentence

  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


Law Dictionary

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subpoena

noun sub·poe·na \sə-ˈpē-nə\

Legal Definition of subpoena

  1. :  a writ commanding a designated person upon whom it has been served to appear (as in court or before a congressional committee) under a penalty (as a charge of contempt) for failure to comply — compare summons



Variants of subpoena

also subpena \sə-ˈpē-nə\

Origin of subpoena

Latin sub poena under penalty


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subpoena

transitive verb sub·poe·na

Legal Definition of subpoena

subpoenaedsubpoenaing

  1. :  to call before a court or hearing by a subpoena <the inspector is given the power to subpoena any relevant…witnesses — Harvard Law Review>; also :  to command the production of (evidence) by a subpoena duces tecum <subpoenaed documents>



Variants of subpoena

also subpena


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