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Meaning of SUBPOENA

Pronunciation:  sub'peenu

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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. [v]  serve or summon with a subpoena; "The witness and her records were subpoenaed"

SUBPOENA is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: subpoena ad testificandum
 See Also: judicial writ, process, serve, swear out, writ



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sub*p[oe]"na\, n. [NL., fr. L. sub under + poena
    punishment. See {Pain}.] (Law)
    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. [Written also {subpena}.]
    {Subp[oe]na ad testificandum}. [NL.] A writ used to procure
       the attendance of a witness for the purpose of testifying.
    {Subp[oe]na duces tecum}. [NL.] A writ which requires a
       witness to attend and bring certain documents.
  2. \Sub*p[oe]"na\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Subp[oe]naed}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Subp[oe]naing}.] (Law)
    To serve with a writ of subp[oe]na; to command attendance in
    court by a legal writ, under a penalty in case of
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: A command to appear at a certain time and place to give testimony upon a certain matter.