ca·​pi·​as | \ ˈkā-pē-əs How to pronounce capias (audio) \

Definition of capias

: an arrest warrant

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The Sheriff’s Office, which runs the jail, faulted the clerk for failing to provide a capias. Rafael Olmeda,, "Accused killer roams free as county tries to stop accidental jail releases," 19 June 2019 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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