ca·​pi·​as | \ˈkā-pē-əs \

Definition of capias 

: an arrest warrant

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He was also booked on four court capias warrants, generally issued for failure to appear in court. Diana Samuels,, "Suspect arrested in December homicide in New Orleans East," 5 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of capias

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for capias

Middle English, from Latin, literally, you should seize, from capere to take — more at heave

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