Definition - Noun [Latin sub poena under penalty] : a writ commanding a designated person upon whom it has been served to appear (as in court or before a congressional committee) under a penalty (as a charge of contempt) for failure to comply compare summons Pronunciations&-'pE-n&
Definition - Transitive Verb : to call before a court or hearing by a subpoena <the inspector is given the power to ~ any relevant...witnesses Harvard Law Review> also : to command the production of (evidence) by a subpoena duces tecum <subpoenaed documents>
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