What does subpoena mean?

Definitions for subpoenasəˈpi nə, səb-

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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. Hillary Clinton:

    I've never had a subpoena.

  2. Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc:

    We are in the process of responding to the subpoena and intend to cooperate.

  3. Laurie Levenson:

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

  4. Mark Fallon:

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

  5. Elijah Cummings:

    It appears clear that Secretary Clinton was answering a question about whether she deleted emails 'while facing a subpoena,'.

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