Definitions for summonsˈsʌm ənz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sum•monsˈsʌm ənz(n.)(pl.)-mons•es

  1. (n.)a command, message, or signal by which one is summoned.

  2. a call or citation by authority to appear before a court or a judicial officer. the writ by which the call is made.

    Category: Law

  3. an authoritative call or notice to appear at a specified place for a particular purpose or duty.

  4. a request, demand, or call to do something:

    a summons to surrender.

  5. (v.t.)to serve with a summons; summon.

    Category: Law

Origin of summons:

1250–1300; < AF; OF somonse < pp. of somondresummon

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bidding, summons(noun)

    a request to be present

    "they came at his bidding"

  2. summons(noun)

    an order to appear in person at a given place and time

  3. summons, process(verb)

    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

  4. summon, summons, cite(verb)

    call in an official matter, such as to attend court

Webster Dictionary

  1. Summons

    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

  2. Summons

    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

  3. Summons

    a demand to surrender

  4. Summons(verb)

    to summon


  1. Summons

    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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