Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, a writ or process commanding the attendance in a court of justice of the person on whom it is served, under a penalty. Specifically— The process by which bills in equity are enforced; a writ, issued by chancery in the name of the sovereign or of the people, commanding the person complained of to appear and answer the matter alleged against him, and abide by the order or decree of the court, under penalty of a fine, etc.
- To serve with a writ of subpœna; command the attendance of in court by a legal writ: as, to subpœna a witness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) A writ commanding the attendance in court, as a witness, of the person on whom it is served, under a penalty; the process by which a defendant in equity is commanded to appear and answer the plaintiff's bill.
- v. (Law) To serve with a writ of subpœna; to command attendance in court by a legal writ, under a penalty in case of disobedience.
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