- An example of a citation is when a police officer writes you a traffic ticket.
- An example of citation is when you quote a book author and then provide the name of the author and publication information about the book in a bibliography.
- a summons to appear before a court of law
- the act of citing, or quoting
- a passage cited; quotation
- a reference as to a legal statute, a previous law case, or a written authority, as precedent or justification
- honorable mention in an official report for bravery or meritorious service in the armed forces
- a formal statement of the reasons for honoring a person in public with an award or degree
Origin of citationMiddle English citacion ; from Old French citation ; from Classical Latin citatio, a command (in LL, a summoning) ; from past participle of citare: see cite
- The act of citing.
- a. A quotation of or explicit reference to a source for substantiation, as in a scholarly paper.b. Law A reference to a previous court decision or other authority for a point of law, usually by case title and other information.
- Enumeration or mention, as of facts, especially:a. An official commendation for meritorious action, especially in military service: a citation for bravery.b. A formal statement of the accomplishments of one being honored with an academic degree.
- An official summons, especially one calling for appearance in court.
- An official summons or notice given to a person to appear; the paper containing such summons or notice.
- The act of citing a passage from a book, or from another person, in his own words.
- An entry in a list of source(s) from which one took information, words or literary or verbal context.
- The passage or words quoted; quotation.
- Enumeration; mention; as, a citation of facts.
- A reference to decided cases, or books of authority, to prove a point in law.
- A commendation in recognition of some achievement, or a formal statement of an achievement.
From Old French citation.
citation - Legal Definition
- A writ issued by a court ordering a person to appear at a specific time and place and, at that time and place, do a specific act or to show the court sufficient cause why he or she cannot do so or should not be required to do so. See show cause order.
- An order issued by a law enforcement officer to appear in court at a specific time to defend oneself against the criminal allegations contained in the order. See also summons.
- A reference to a legal authority, such as a statute, court decision, or treatise, that supports or contradicts a legal argument or position. See also the Bluebook.