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n. Law
A warrant for arrest.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin capiās, from Latin, second person sing. present subjunctive of capere, to seize (from the first word of the writ); see kap- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈkeɪpɪˌæs; ˈkæp-)
(Law) law (formerly) a writ directing a sheriff or other officer to arrest a named person
[C15: from Latin, literally: you must take, from capere]


(ˈkeɪ pi əs, ˈkæp i-)

an arrest warrant.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin: literally, you are to take]
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On an indictment for felony or treason, a capias [arrest warrant] is always the first process.
The titles are Too Clever by Half and Captain Macdonald; or, Haps and Mishaps at Capias Castle.
The writs that the deputy marshal served were writs of capias ad respondendum.
On Friday last I was served at my farm [Tow-weery] with a Capias to bring me into Court the following day--I obeyed the hasty summons .
were alloted $500 for their respective plays Capias and [Upside down question mark]Adroit Enough?
observing that the power to arrest by virtue of what was called a writ of capias ad respondendum had "given way to personal service of summons or other form of notice").