- 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.
subpoena definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English suppena ; from Midieval Latin subpena ; from Classical Latin sub poena, literally , under penalty: see sub- and amp; pain
- to summon with such an order
- ☆ to order that (specified records, documents, etc.) be brought to a court
subpoena definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle 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.
subpoena - Business Definition
subpoena - Cultural Definition
An order of a court, a legislature, or a grand jury compelling a witness to be present at a trial or hearing, under penalty of fine or imprisonment. Subpoena is Latin for “under penalty.”
subpoena - Legal Definition