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summons

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noun sum·mons \ˈsə-mənz\

Simple Definition of summons

  • law : an official order to appear in a court of law

  • : an official order to appear at a particular place

Full Definition of summons

plural sum·mons·es

  1. 1 :  the act of summoning; especially :  a call by authority to appear at a place named or to attend to a duty

  2. 2 :  a warning or citation to appear in court: asa :  a written notification to be served on a person as a warning to appear in court at a day specified to answer to the plaintiffb :  a subpoena to appear as a witness

  3. 3 :  something (as a call) that summons

Examples of summons

  1. The judge issued a summons.

  2. He received a royal summons.



Origin of summons

Middle English somouns, from Anglo-French somonse, from past participle of somondre


First Known Use: 13th century


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summons

transitive verb sum·mons

Simple Definition of summons

  • law : to order (someone) to appear in a court of law

Full Definition of summons

  1. :  summon 2

1683

First Known Use of summons

1683


SUMMONS Defined for Kids

summons

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noun sum·mons \ˈsə-mənz\

Definition of summons

plural sum·mons·es

  1. 1 :  the act of calling or sending for

  2. 2 :  a call by authority to appear at a place named or to attend to some duty <a royal summons>

  3. 3 :  a written order to appear in court





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