Adjective "subpoenaed" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A writ ordering a person to attend a court.
  1. mass noun 'they were all under subpoena to appear'
  2. 'It held that if an individual does not comply with a subpoena or order issued by the Tribunal, he could be held in contempt of the Tribunal and the specific contempt procedure could be set in motion.'
  3. 'Complex legal standards apply to the level of review and judicial oversight necessary before police can obtain the warrants, subpoenas, or court orders required to compel disclosure of these records.'


Summon (someone) with a subpoena.
  1. 'Your office could do more, the witnesses were not subpoenaed and brought along, and the magistrate is sure to have plenty to do.'
  2. 'A Victorian coroner has subpoenaed the man acquitted of one the State's most notorious murders to give evidence at another inquest into the death.'
  3. 'The appellant was unable to subpoena the necessary witnesses.'
  4. 'I wish to subpoena documents from the Medical Board of Victoria…'
  5. 'The grand jury subpoenaed documents from Condit last year.'
  6. 'My learned friend took you to an early stage of the proceedings where the accused had subpoenaed documents.'

More definitions

1. the usual writ for the summoning of witnesses or the submission of evidence, as records or documents, before a court or other deliberative body. verb (used with object), subpoenaed, subpoenaing.

2. to serve with a subpoena.

More examples(as adjective)

"documents can be subpoenaed."

"records can be subpoenaed."

"people can be subpoenaed."

"funds can be subpoenaed."

"evidences can be subpoenaed."

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(subpoena)Late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin sub poena ‘under penalty’ (the first words of the writ). Use as a verb dates from the mid 17th century.