Law a writ issued by a court directing an officer to arrest the person named
Origin of capiasMiddle English ; from Medieval Latin ; from L, 2d person; personal (grammar) singular , present tense subject, subjective , of capere, to take
A warrant for arrest.
Origin of capiasMiddle English, from Medieval Latin capias, from Latin, second person sing. present subjunctive of capere, to seize (from the first word of the writ); see kap- in Indo-European roots.
- The term is mostly used in the singular.
From Latin capiās (“you should seize, you are to seize”), from capiō (“to seize”).