Summons

Definition of Summons

Sum´mons
n.1.The act of summoning; a call by authority, or by the command of a superior, to appear at a place named, or to attend to some duty.
Special summonses by the king.
- Hallam.
This summons . . . unfit either to dispute or disobey.
- Bp. Fell.
He sent to summon the seditious, and to offer pardon; but neither summons nor pardon was regarded.
- Sir J. Hayward.
2.(Law) A warning or citation to appear in court; a written notification signed by the proper officer, to be served on a person, warning him to appear in court at a day specified, to answer to the plaintiff, testify as a witness, or the like.
3.(Mil.) A demand to surrender.
v. t.1.To summon.

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