• IPA: /səˈpiːnə/


  1. (legal, historical) A writ requiring a defendant to appear in court to answer a plaintiff's claim.
    • 1874, W.S. Gilbert, Trial by Jury
      Summoned by a stern subpoena Edwin sued by Angelina Shortly will appear.
  2. (legal) A writ requiring someone to appear in court to give testimony.
Synonyms Translations Verb

subpoena (subpoenas, present participle subpoenaing; past and past participle subpoenaed)

  1. (transitive) To summon with a subpoena.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 10,
      Why not subpoena as well the clerical proficients?
  • German: zwangsvorladen
  • Italian: citare
  • Portuguese: citar
  • Russian: вы́звать в суд повестка
  • Spanish: citar, citar a declarar

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