[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 subpoena
Henry Waxman did subpoena Condoleezza Rice, and she appeared once, in the fall of 2007.Beirut Barracks vs. Benghazi
May 9, 2014
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
January 9, 2014
On Wednesday, Airbnb filed a motion in New York State Supreme Court challenging the subpoena.New York’s Petty War on Airbnb
October 12, 2013
The House bill, introduced last Thursday, contains strong protection for leakers and probably would have prevented the subpoena.Pass a Shield Law Now—or Risk Our Press Freedom
May 20, 2013
At the time of the AP subpoena, Tracy Schmaler, a veteran Washington communications specialist, held the position.Jonathan Malis and the DOJ Leak Investigation
May 16, 2013
Say, John, couldn't you subpoena a school of mackerel for me?Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
No one ever had so complete an alibi; I could subpoena half Westminster.The Innocence of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
Then the judge asked, "Major Abbott, did you subpoena this witness?"Mitch Miller
Edgar Lee Masters
No wonder the Shakespeareans are eager to subpoena Ben Jonson's verses.The Shakespearean Myth
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
- 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 subpoena
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