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service n1 : the act of delivering to or informing someone of a writ, summons, or other notice as prescribed by law [after of process] see also notice by publication at notice , substituted service , summons NOTE: Although service of process is primarily the means for a court to exert personal jurisdiction over a person, some form of service (as by publication of notice in a newspaper) is also usually required for exercise of in rem or quasi in rem jurisdiction.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.