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subpoena (n.)

early 15c., sub pena, from Medieval Latin sub poena "under penalty," the first words of the writ commanding the presence of someone under penalty of failure, from Latin sub "under" (see sub-) + poena, ablative of poena "penalty" (see penal). The verb is attested from 1630s.

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Definitions of subpoena
1
subpoena (v.)
serve or summon with a subpoena;
The witness and her records were subpoenaed
2
subpoena (n.)
a writ issued by court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court;
Synonyms: subpoena ad testificandum
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