- 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 amp; pain
transitive verbsubpoenaed, subpoenaing
- 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