verb (used with object), sub·poe·naed, sub·poe·na·ing.
- subperitoneal fascia,
- subpoena duces tecum,
Origin of subpoena
Examples from the Web for subpoena
Henry Waxman did subpoena Condoleezza Rice, and she appeared once, in the fall of 2007.
Meanwhile, Wildstein is fighting a subpoena to appear before state legislators on Thursday.In New Jersey, There’s No Exit for Chris Christie’s Bridge Trolls|Michael Daly|January 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On Wednesday, Airbnb filed a motion in New York State Supreme Court challenging the subpoena.
The House bill, introduced last Thursday, contains strong protection for leakers and probably would have prevented the subpoena.
At the time of the AP subpoena, Tracy Schmaler, a veteran Washington communications specialist, held the position.
He's an outlaw—whom your deputies failed to bring in when I had a subpoena issued.When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry|Charles Neville Buck
Then he puts his hand in his inside pocket, as if to get the subpoena.Twenty Years a Detective in the Wickedest City in the World|Clifton R. Wooldridge
And you coulda knocked me over with a subpoena when he got out of it!Hoiman and the Solar Circuit|Gordon Dewey
All you had to do was to subpoena a fellow that wanted to come to Washington, and he would remember it.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 10 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
I have authority to hold hearings, and subpoena witnesses, and interrogate them under veridication.Little Fuzzy|Henry Beam Piper
verb -nas, -naing or -naed
Word Origin for subpoena
early 15c., sub pena, from Medieval Latin sub poena "under penalty," the first words of the writ commanding the presence of someone under penalty of failure, from Latin sub "under" (see sub-) + poena, ablative of poena "penalty" (see penal). The verb is attested from 1630s.