1. subpoena

verb. ['səˈpiːnə'] serve or summon with a subpoena.


  • swear out
  • serve


  • increase
  • decrement
  • devolution

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2. subpoena

noun. ['səˈpiːnə'] 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.


  • subpoena ad testificandum
  • judicial writ


  • increment
  • irreversible process
  • reversible process

Sentences with subpoena-duces-tecum

1. Noun Phrase
If a person does not comply with a valid subpoena duces tecum, the court can hold him in contempt.

2. Noun Phrase
Parties in a lawsuit use the subpoena duces tecum before the trial begins as a way of gathering information relevant to the case.

3. Noun Phrase
A person who receives a subpoena duces tecum is only required to produce documents that are actually under his control or possession.

4. Noun Phrase
Attorneys may also request or issue a special form of the document called a subpoena duces tecum.