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[Latin sub poena under penalty]
: a writ commanding a designated person upon whom it has been served to appear (as in court or before a congressional committee) under a penalty (as a charge of contempt) for failure to comply compare summons
: to call before a court or hearing by a subpoena [the inspector is given the power to any relevant…witnesses "Harvard Law Review"]
: to command the production of (evidence) by a subpoena duces tecum [subpoenaed documents]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.