Definitions for subpoenasəˈpi nə, səb-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sub•poe•nasəˈpi nə, səb-(n.)(pl.)-nas

or sub•pe•na

  1. (n.)a writ to summon witnesses or evidence before a court.

    Category: Law

  2. (v.t.)to serve with a subpoena.

    Category: Law

Origin of subpoena:

1375–1425; late ME < L sub poenā under penalty (the first words of the writ)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. subpoena, subpoena ad testificandum(verb)

    a writ issued by court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court

  2. subpoena(verb)

    serve or summon with a subpoena

    "The witness and her records were subpoenaed"

Wiktionary

  1. subpoena(Noun)

    A writ requiring someone to appear in court to give testimony.

  2. subpoena(Verb)

    To summon with a subpoena.

  3. Origin: First attested with this spelling in 1623 , from : sub and poena.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subpoena(noun)

    a writ commanding the attendance in court, as a witness, of the person on whom it is served, under a penalty; the process by which a defendant in equity is commanded to appear and answer the plaintiff's bill

  2. Subpoena(verb)

    to serve with a writ of subpoena; to command attendance in court by a legal writ, under a penalty in case of disobedience

Freebase

  1. Subpoena

    A subpoena is a writ by a government agency, most often a court, that has authority to compel testimony by a witness or production of evidence under a penalty for failure. There are two common types of subpoena: ⁕subpoena ad testificandum orders a person to testify before the ordering authority or face punishment. The subpoena can also request the testimony to be given by phone or in person. ⁕subpoena duces tecum orders a person or organization to bring physical evidence before the ordering authority or face punishment. This is often used for requests to mail copies of documents to requesting party or directly to court.

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