What does subpoena mean?

Definitions for subpoenasəˈpi nə, səb-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word subpoena.

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"


  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

  3. Origin: [NL., fr. L. sub under + poena punishment. See Pain.]


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subpoena in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subpoena in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Laurie Levenson:

    Typically you don't see this extensive of a subpoena unless it's a top-priority investigation.

  2. Mark Fallon:

    We need an independent counsel to take a look, with subpoena power and with the ability to have people testify under oath.

  3. Michael Perry:

    If presented with a subpoena or warrant we would work together with law enforcement in accordance with what information we are legally able to share with them.

  4. Troy Kelley:

    I can assure you over the years all my actions have been lawful and appropriate, we knew about the subpoena, but if you've seen the subpoena, there's not much in there to indicate what the investigation is about.

  5. Eddie Greim:

    What we have uncovered so far shows the Government Accountability Board, or at least its staff, being anything but 'accountable,' for example, the public has learned for the first time, over GAB's objections, that GAB set up a secret system of Gmail accounts for its staffers and the prosecutors who ran the John Doe. We also know that GAB hoped its 'illegal coordination' theory could even extend to allow it to subpoena media figures like Charlie Sykes and Sean Hannity.

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