subpoena ad testificandum


subpoena ad tes·​ti·​fi·​can·​dum -ˌad-ˌte-stə-fi-ˈkan-dəm How to pronounce subpoena ad testificandum (audio)
: a writ commanding a person to appear in court to testify as a witness

Word History


New Latin, under penalty to give testimony

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subpoena ad testificandum was in 1594

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Cite this Entry

“Subpoena ad testificandum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Legal Definition

subpoena ad testificandum

subpoena ad tes·​ti·​fi·​can·​dum
-ˌad-ˌtes-tə-fə-ˈkan-dəm, -ˌäd-ˌtes-tē-fē-ˈkän-ˌdu̇m
: a subpoena that commands a witness to appear and give testimony
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