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An order issued under the authority of a court, commanding a person to appear in court on a particular date, usually to give testimony in a legal case.
tr.v. sub·poe·naed, sub·poe·na·ing, sub·poe·nas
To serve or summon with such a writ.
[Middle English suppena, from Medieval Latin sub poenā, under a penalty (from the opening words of the writ) : Latin sub, under; see sub- + Latin poenā, ablative of poena, penalty; see kwei- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Law) a writ issued by a court of justice requiring a person to appear before the court at a specified time
vb, -nas, -naing or -naed
(Law) (tr) to serve with a subpoena
[C15: from Latin: under penalty]
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or sub•pe•na(səˈpi nə, səb-)
n., pl. -nas, n.
1. a writ to summon witnesses or evidence before a court.v.t.
2. to serve with a subpoena.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin sub poenā under penalty (the first words of the writ)]
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Past participle: subpoenaed
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A writ issued by a court ordering a person to appear before it. To subpoena someone is to make the person the subject of such a writ.
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|Noun||1.||subpoena - 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|
|Verb||1.||subpoena - serve or summon with a subpoena; "The witness and her records were subpoenaed"|
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