- a writ commanding an officer to take a specified person into custody.
Origin of capias
Examples from the Web for capias
So also said Judge Adams, and Mr. Capias, and all the people.
Safe-conduct passes for knaves are writs of capias to honest men.Tracks of a Rolling Stone
Henry J. Coke
"It is important that he should be arrested on this capias," said Bagsley.The Frontiersmen
Viam Francofurdi capias, quam autem hac periculosiorem esse putamus.History of the Great Reformation, Volume IV
J. H. Merle D'Aubign
Mr. Capias was so eloquent that the people stamped till the house fairly shook with applause.
- law (formerly) a writ directing a sheriff or other officer to arrest a named person
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).