[ suh-pee-nuh, suh b- ]
/ səˈpi nə, səb- /
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.
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Origin of subpoena
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin sub poenā under penalty (the first words of the writ)
OTHER WORDS FROM subpoenaun·sub·poe·naed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for subpoenaing
Gingrich should be smart enough to know that subpoenaing judges is neither legal nor workable.
The German had swung around toward the men behind him, as though he were subpoenaing them as witnesses.Captain Macklin|Richard Harding Davis
British Dictionary definitions for subpoenaing
/ (səbˈpiːnə, səˈpiːnə) /
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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Cultural definitions for subpoenaing
[ (suh-pee-nuh) ]
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