[suh-pee-nuh, suh b-]Law.
- the usual writ for the summoning of witnesses or the submission of evidence, as records or documents, before a court or other deliberative body.
- to serve with a subpoena.
Origin of subpoena
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin sub poenā under penalty (the first words of the writ)
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I was afraid she might have been subpoenaed as a witness at the inquest, but we were both spared that.
I find that she was subpoenaed, but her illness makes it impossible for her to be there.
- a writ issued by a court of justice requiring a person to appear before the court at a specified time
- (tr) to serve with a subpoena
C15: from Latin: under penalty
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Word Origin and History for subpoenaed
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