Definitions for summonsˈsʌm ənz
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(n.)a command, message, or signal by which one is summoned.
a call or citation by authority to appear before a court or a judicial officer. the writ by which the call is made.
an authoritative call or notice to appear at a specified place for a particular purpose or duty.
a request, demand, or call to do something:
a summons to surrender.
(v.t.)to serve with a summons; summon.
Origin of summons:
1250–1300; < AF; OF somonse < pp. of somondresummon
a request to be present
"they came at his bidding"
an order to appear in person at a given place and time
a writ issued by authority of law; usually compels the defendant's attendance in a civil suit; failure to appear results in a default judgment against the defendant
summon, summons, cite(verb)
call in an official matter, such as to attend court
the act of summoning; a call by authority, or by the command of a superior, to appear at a place named, or to attend to some duty
a warning or citation to appear in court; a written notification signed by the proper officer, to be served on a person, warning him to appear in court at a day specified, to answer to the plaintiff, testify as a witness, or the like
a demand to surrender
Legally, a summons is a legal document issued by a court or by an administrative agency of government for various purposes.
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