3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Subpoena \Sub*poe"na\, noun [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}.]

{Subpoena ad testificandum}. [NL.] A writ used to procure the attendance of a witness for the purpose of testifying.

{Subpoena duces tecum}. [NL.] A writ which requires a witness to attend and bring certain documents.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Subpoena \Sub*poe"na\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Subpoenaed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Subpoenaing}.] (Law) To serve with a writ of subpoena; to command attendance in court by a legal writ, under a penalty in case of disobedience.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: 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 [syn: {subpoena}, {subpoena ad testificandum}]


1: serve or summon with a subpoena; "The witness and her records were subpoenaed"

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