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Meaning of SUMMONS

Pronunciation:  'sumunz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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
  2. [n]  an order to appear in person at a given place and time
  3. [n]  a request to be present; "they came at his bidding"
  4. [v]  call in an official matter, such as to attend court

SUMMONS is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: bidding, cite, process, summon
 See Also: call, call up, citation, demand, invitation, judicial writ, order, send for, ticket, vouch, vouch in, writ



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sum"mons\, n.; pl. {Summonses}. [OE. somouns, OF.
    sumunse, semonse, semonce, F. semonce, semondre to summon,
    OF. p. p. semons. See {Summon}, v.]
    1. 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.
             Special summonses by the king.        --Hallam.
             This summons . . . unfit either to dispute or
             disobey.                              --Bp. Fell.
             He sent to summon the seditious, and to offer
             pardon; but neither summons nor pardon was regarded.
                                                   --Sir J.
    2. (Law) 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. (Mil.) A demand to surrender.
  2. \Sum"mons\, v. t.
    To summon. [R. or Colloq.] --Swift.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: Instrument used to commence a civil action or special proceeding; the means of acquiring jurisdiction over a party.