[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 subpoenas
Even after the subpoenas started flying, he remained gung-ho on entitlement reform.2016 Just May Be the GOP Base’s Year
August 4, 2014
Wednesday afternoon the decision came down: The subpoenas were “over broad.”Christie Aides Can Keep Bridgegate Emails Under Wraps
April 10, 2014
And so, the Obama administration went bananas, firing off subpoenas for the phone records of Associated Press reporters.Stop Calling Obama Aloof!
May 20, 2013
But had I reviewed [the subpoenas] I would have made recommendations about narrowing it somewhat.Jonathan Malis and the DOJ Leak Investigation
May 16, 2013
Its subpoenas were directed to telephone companies located in D.C.Is Obama Worse For Press Freedom Than Nixon?
James C. Goodale
May 14, 2013
I saw the subpoenas given to him and his company, when they started.
"I've arranged for a number of subpoenas to be served in the morning," he said.The Gray Mask
Subpoenas are issued through the synagogue beadle, or shamash.
He sensed clearly enough that all this talk about street-railway strikes and subpoenas was rot.The Drums Of Jeopardy
But when the subpoenas arrived for Smith and the hierarchy, alarm and indignation assumed a new complexion.Under the Prophet in Utah
Frank J. Cannon and Harvey J. O'Higgins
- 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 subpoenas
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