- The definition of a citation is a ticket issued by the police or a reference to a work where the author is given formal credit and where the source is given for the original work.
- 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.
citation definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English citacion ; from Old French citation ; from Classical Latin citatio, a command (in Late Latin a summoning) ; from past participle of citare: see cite
citation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act of citing.
- a. A quoting of an authoritative source for substantiation.b. A source so cited; a quotation.
- Law A reference to previous court decisions or authoritative writings.
- 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.
- ci·taˈtion·al adjective
- ciˈta·toˌry adjective
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.