Definition of citation
1 : an official summons to appear (as before a court)
3 : mention: such asa : a formal statement of the achievements of a person receiving an academic honorb : specific reference in a military dispatch to meritorious performance of duty a citation for bravery
citationalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of citation in a Sentence
He was issued a citation.
He received a citation for reckless driving.
gave her a citation for bravery
Recent Examples of citation from the Web
Hollander of The Ticket Clinic said only 5 percent of the firm’s cases involve citations for not using signals.
Refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena puts Mr. Flynn at risk of being held in contempt of Congress, a rare move that could subject him to a criminal citation should lawmakers choose to pursue it.
King County prosecutors opted not to charge Wentz’s companion and dropped two of the three citations issued to Wentz — including the charge of unlawful big-game hunting, which would have brought an automatic, two-year suspension.
Gianforte received a citation to appear in court by June 7.
Police say White was a passenger in a vehicle during a traffic stop at 4 p.m. near Route 45 and Allanson Road, and officers learned about his warrant while issuing him a citation for not wearing a seat belt.
Police officers also handed out 144 citations for drugs or narcotics.
The average number of citations in a paper has also increased, from about 10 in the 1960s to about 60 today, providing room for more authors to be recognized and credited, male or female.
Ajin is disputing the allegations of the lawsuit and the citations and fines by OSHA.
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Origin and Etymology of citation
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of citation
CITATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of citation for English Language Learners
: an official order to appear before a court of law
: a formal public statement that praises a person for doing something good or brave
: a line or short section taken from a piece of writing or a speech
CITATION Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of citation
1 : a writ giving notice to a person to appear in court: as a : a process served upon an interested party in a probate proceeding b : a notice to a person that he or she is charged with a petty offense (as a traffic violation); also : the document embodying the notice Editor's note: Citations are issued in minor criminal cases as an alternative to arrest. Often a person may consent in writing to the penalty specified on the citation and forgo an appearance in court.
2 : the citing of a previously decided case or recognized legal authority as support for an argument; also : the caption used for referring to such a case or authority especially as published in a reporter
citational\-shə-nəl\ play adjective
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