A warrant for arrest.
A writ issued by a court directing an officer to arrest the person named.
Origin of capias
- Middle English from Medieval Latin capiās from Latin second person sing. present subjunctive of capere to seize (from the first word of the writ) kap- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin capiās (“you should seize, you are to seize”), from capiō (“to seize”).