- The definition of a subpoena is a written legal order telling someone to come to court.
When you receive an order to come to court on a specific day to be a witness in a case, this is an example of a subpoena.
- To subpoena is to require someone to come to court.
- An example of to subpoena is when a lawyer petitions the court to ask their witness to come to court.
- An example of to subpoena is when the judge issues an order for someone to come to court.
Origin of subpoenaMiddle English suppena from Medieval Latin subpena from Classical Latin sub poena, literally , under penalty: see sub- and pain
transitive verb-·naed, -·na·ing
- to summon with such an order
- to order that (specified records, documents, etc.) be brought to a court
transitive verbsub·poe·naed, sub·poe·na·ing, sub·poe·nas
Origin of subpoenaMiddle English suppena from Medieval Latin sub poenā under a penalty (from the opening words of the writ) Latin sub under ; see sub- . Latin poenā ablative of poena penalty ; see kwei-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present subpoenas, present participle subpoenaing, simple past and past participle subpoenaed)
- To summon with a subpoena.
subpoena - Legal Definition