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1summons

noun sum·mons \ˈsə-mənz\

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

: an official order to appear at a particular place

plural sum·mons·es

Full Definition of SUMMONS

1
:  the act of summoning; especially :  a call by authority to appear at a place named or to attend to a duty
2
:  a warning or citation to appear in court: as
a :  a written notification to be served on a person as a warning to appear in court at a day specified to answer to the plaintiff
b :  a subpoena to appear as a witness
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

Related to SUMMONS

Other Legal Terms

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

2summons

transitive verb

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

Full Definition of SUMMONS

:  summon 2

First Known Use of SUMMONS

1683

Other Legal Terms

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

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