subpoena
I. noun Etymology: Middle English suppena, from Latin sub poena under penalty Date: 15th century a writ commanding a person designated in it to appear in court under a penalty for failure II. transitive verb (-naed; -naing) Date: 1640 to serve or summon with a writ of subpoena

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  • subpoena — sub·poe·na 1 also sub·pe·na /sə pē nə/ n [Latin sub poena under penalty]: a writ commanding a designated person upon whom it has been served to appear (as in court or before a congressional committee) under a penalty (as a charge of contempt) for …   Law dictionary

  • Subpoena — est un terme juridique du droit anglo saxon. Il s agit d un mot latin entré dans la langue juridique anglaise sous la forme supenna au XVe siècle[1]. Originalement, il s agissait de deux mots latin, sub et poena signifiant, littéralement… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Subpoena — Subpoena, es un término jurídico usado en el Derecho anglosajón para referirse a una orden, citación o requerimiento de comparecencia ante un órgano gubernamental, por lo general los tribunales de justicia, para la producción de un testimonio… …   Wikipedia Español

  • subpoena — Law ► NOUN ▪ a writ ordering a person to attend a court. ► VERB (subpoenas, subpoenaed or subpoena d, subpoenaing) ▪ summon with a subpoena. ORIGIN from Latin sub poena under penalty (the first words of the writ) …   English terms dictionary

  • subpoena — n. m. (Québec) DR Citation à comparaître devant un tribunal; acte par lequel cette citation est signifiée. Recevoir un subpoena …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • subpoena — [n] writ command, court order, decree, mandate, summons, warrant, written order; concept 318 subpoena [v] issue a writ cite, order to testify, serve a court order, serve notice, summon; concept 318 …   New thesaurus

  • Subpoena — 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 disobedience. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Subpoena — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Subpoena — Subpoena, (lat.), unter Androhung einer Strafe, z.B. S. p. Confessi et convicti, unter Androhung der Strafe des Eingeständnisses u. der Überführung …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • subpoena — (n.) early 15c., sub pena, from M.L. sub poena under penalty, the first words of the writ commanding the presence of someone under penalty of failure, from L. sub under (see SUB (Cf. sub )) + poena, ablative of poena penalty (see PENAL (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • subpoena — [sə pē′nə] n. [ME suppena < ML subpena < L sub poena, lit., under penalty: see SUB & PAIN] a written legal order directing a person to appear in court to give testimony, show specified records, etc. vt. subpoenaed, subpoenaing 1. to summon… …   English World dictionary

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