[ key-pee-uhs, kap-ee- ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby capias Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use capias in a sentence

  • Viam Francofurdi capias, quam autem hac periculosiorem esse putamus.

  • The threat of the capias ultegatum was probably in reference to the arrest of Bacon for debt in September, 1593.

    Bacon | Richard William Church
  • Safe-conduct passes for knaves are writs of capias to honest men.

  • Surely they are not all the victims of the same capias and the same officer!

    Recollections of a Policeman | William Russell (aka Thomas Waters)
  • "It is important that he should be arrested on this capias," said Bagsley.

    The Frontiersmen | Gustave Aimard

British Dictionary definitions for capias


/ (ˈkeɪpɪˌæs, ˈkæp-) /

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

Origin of capias

C15: from Latin, literally: you must take, from capere

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