subpoena or sub·pe·na [s uh- pee-n uh, s uh b-] . Law Examples Word Origin the usual writ for the summoning of witnesses or the submission of evidence, as records or documents, before a court or other deliberative body. verb (used with object), sub·poe·naed, sub·poe·na·ing. to serve with a subpoena. Origin of subpoena 1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin sub poenā under penalty (the first words of the writ) Related forms un·sub·poe·naed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for subpoenaing Contemporary Examples of subpoenaing Historical Examples of subpoenaing British Dictionary definitions for subpoenaing a writ issued by a court of justice requiring a person to appear before the court at a specified time verb -nas, -naing or -naed (tr) to serve with a subpoena Word Origin for subpoena
C15: from Latin: under penalty
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Word Origin and History for subpoenaing subpoena n.
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.
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An order of a court, a legislature, or a
grand jury compelling a witness to be present at a trial or hearing, under penalty of fine or imprisonment. Subpoena is Latin for “under penalty.”
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