Definition of Summons

1. Noun. A request to be present. "They came at his bidding"

Exact synonyms: Bidding
Generic synonyms: Invitation
Derivative terms: Bid

2. Verb. Call in an official matter, such as to attend court.
Exact synonyms: Cite, Summon
Specialized synonyms: Vouch, Demand
Generic synonyms: Call, Send For
Derivative terms: Citation

3. Noun. An order to appear in person at a given place and time.
Generic synonyms: Order
Specialized synonyms: Call Up

4. Noun. A writ issued by authority of law; usually compels the defendant's attendance in a civil suit; failure to appear results in a default judgment against the defendant.
Exact synonyms: Process
Generic synonyms: Judicial Writ, Writ
Specialized synonyms: Citation, Monition, Process Of Monition, Ticket
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Process, Process

Definition of Summons

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To summon.

Definition of Summons

1. Noun. A call to do something, especially to come. ¹

2. Noun. (legal) A notice summoning someone to appear in court, as a defendant, juror or witness. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To serve someone with a summons. ¹

4. Verb. (third-person singular of summon) ¹

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Definition of Summons

1. to summon with a court order [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Summons

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Literary usage of Summons

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1912)
"A summons of garnishment bad been served on the garnishee In November, 1909, ... Another summons of garnishment In the same case was served on the eame ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1888)
"The court, on motion, declared that the summons was not lawfully served, and made an order authorizing the clerk to return the summons to the marshal to be ..."

3. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone, William Draper Lewis (1902)
"The provisions as to writs of summons of the statute 2 W. IV. c. 39 were extended, by stat. I & 2 Viet. c. i Ю, to all personal actions in her majesty's ..."

4. The Law Reports by James Redfoord Bulwer (1872)
"Then, if all that the Act requires be that the magistrates shall make a record of the evidence orally given, the summons itself seems to me very like a ..."

5. A Complete Practice of the County Courts: Including that in Admiralty and by George Pitt-Lewis, Henry Anselm De Colyar (1880)
"It will be convenient to consider (1) on what grounds the application to dismiss a debtor's summons may be made ; (•2) the mode of making the application ..."

6. The Practice at Law, in Equity, and in Special Proceedings in All the Courts by William Wait (1872)
"The office of a summons is to give to the defendant certain and ... Although a summons need not follow any prescribed form, it must contain certain ..."

7. Select Charters and Other Illustrations of English Constitutional History by William Stubbs (1881)
"summons то AN ECCLESIASTICAL COUNCIL. The following series of documents shows the ... A summons by Archbishop Langten of the bishops, deans of cathedrals, ..."

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