[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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Examples from the Web for subpoenaing
Gingrich should be smart enough to know that subpoenaing judges is neither legal nor workable.Newt Gingrich’s Crazy Attack on Judges
Gerald L. Shargel
December 16, 2011
The German had swung around toward the men behind him, as though he were subpoenaing them as witnesses.Captain Macklin
Richard Harding Davis
- 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 subpoenaing
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