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A court order forcing a person to appear at trial or produce documents, or face penalties ordered by the court.


 

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
subpoena (noun)
a writ commanding a person designated in it to appear in court under a penalty for failure
subpoena (verb)
transitive verb
to serve or summon with a writ of subpoena
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
subpoena (noun)
a written notice ordering a person to appear in court
SYNONYMS:
process, subpoena
RELATED WORDS:
capias, warrant, writ; ticket
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