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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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480 (In ordering deputy sheriffs to enter physician's clinic without a warrant to serve capiases on third parties in an investigation of alleged welfare fraud, county prosecutor was acting as final decision maker for county; therefore, county could be held liable under [section] 1983 for alleged violation of physician's Fourth Amendment Rights based on that single directive.