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summons

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noun sum·mons \ˈsə-mənz\

Definition of summons

plural

summonses

  1. 1 :  the act of summoning; especially :  a call by authority to appear at a place named or to attend to a duty

  2. 2 :  a warning or citation to appear in court: such asa :  a written notification to be served on a person as a warning to appear in court at a day specified to answer to the plaintiffb :  a subpoena to appear as a witness

  3. 3 :  something (such as a call) that summons

Examples of summons in a Sentence

  1. The judge issued a summons.

  2. He received a royal summons.

Origin and Etymology of summons

Middle English somouns, from Anglo-French somonse, from past participle of somondre


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summons

verb sum·mons

Definition of summons

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  summon 2


SUMMONS Defined for English Language Learners

summons

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noun

Definition of summons for English Language Learners

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

  • : an official order to appear at a particular place

summons

verb

Definition of summons for English Language Learners

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


SUMMONS Defined for Kids

summons

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noun sum·mons \ˈsə-mənz\

Definition of summons for Students

plural

summonses

  1. 1 :  the act of calling or sending for

  2. 2 :  a call by authority to appear at a place named or to attend to some duty a royal summons

  3. 3 :  a written order to appear in court


Law Dictionary

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summons

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noun sum·mons \ˈsə-mənz\

Legal Definition of summons

plural

summonses

\-mən-zəz\
  1. :  a written notification that one is required to appear in court: as a :  a document in a civil suit that is issued by an authorized judicial officer (as a clerk of court) and delivered to a plaintiff or the plaintiff's attorney for service on the defendant and that notifies the defendant that he or she must appear and defend (as by filing an answer) within a specified time or a default judgment will be rendered for the plaintiff b :  a document that summons a defendant to appear before a court to answer a minor criminal charge and that is issued in lieu of a warrant for arrest by an authorized judicial officer (as a magistrate) upon request of a prosecuting attorney c :  a notification to appear for jury service d :  a notification to appear as a witness — see also john doe summons, service — compare subpoena


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summons

transitive verb sum·mons

Legal Definition of summons

summonsed

\-mənzd\

summonsing

\-mən-ziŋ\
  1. :  summon; especially :  to bring into court by a summons hereby summonsed to serve as a trial juror



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