[ key-pee-uh s, kap-ee- ]
/ ˈkeɪ pi əs, ˈkæp i- /

noun Law.

a writ commanding an officer to take a specified person into custody.

Origin of capias

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin: literally, you are to take, subjunctive 2nd person singular of capere Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for capias


/ (ˈkeɪpɪˌæs, ˈkæp-) /


law (formerly) a writ directing a sheriff or other officer to arrest a named person

Word Origin for capias

C15: from Latin, literally: you must take, from capere
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Word Origin and History for capias



writ of arrest issued by a court, mid-15c., from Latin capias, literally "thou mayest take," typical first word of such a writ; properly 2nd person singular present subjunctive of capere "to catch, seize, hold" (see capable).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper