Summonses
Summons 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. [1913 Webster]

Special summonses by the king. --Hallam. [1913 Webster]

This summons . . . unfit either to dispute or disobey. --Bp. Fell. [1913 Webster]

He sent to summon the seditious, and to offer pardon; but neither summons nor pardon was regarded. --Sir J. Hayward. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mil.) A demand to surrender. [1913 Webster]


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