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summons

[sum′əns]
Etymology: OFr, somondre, to remind secretly
(in law) a document issued by a clerk of the court on the filing of a complaint. A sheriff, marshal, or other appointed person serves the summons, notifying a person that an action has been begun against him or her. See also service of process.

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n a writ requiring a proper officer to notify a defendant that an action has been begun against him or her in the court from which the writ was issued and that he or she is required to appear on a certain day to answer the complaint.
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Therefore let the trumpet, if possible, split its brazen throat with a louder note than ever, and the herald summon all mortals, who, from whatever cause, have lost, or never found, their proper places in the wold.
and herald, with thy voice of might, shout forth another summons that shall reach the old baronial castles of Europe, and the rudest cabin of our western wilderness
The dread alarum should make the earth quake to its centre, for the herald is about to address mankind with a summons to which even the purest mortal may be sensible of some faint responding echo in his breast.
Oh no; it must be merely the impertinence of those unblushing hussies; and we can only wonder how such respectable ladies should have responded to a summons that was not meant for them.
The first three remained constantly in a small waiting-room, ready to obey the summons of a small golden bell, or to receive the orders of the Romaic slave, who knew just enough French to be able to transmit her mistress's wishes to the three other waiting-women; the latter had received most peremptory instructions from Monte Cristo to treat Haidee with all the deference they would observe to a queen.
Though her judgment told her that all would be well were her Tarzan to go alone in accordance with the mysterious stranger's summons, her intuition would not permit her to lay aside suspicion of the gravest dangers to both her husband and her son.
This officer sent a summons to Dobbin to come and breakfast with him, on the morning when Mr.
7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Michigan State University Libraries have selected the Summon discovery service from ProQuest for implementation at the nation's pioneer land-grant university.
by Abasin Zaheer on 5 May, 2014 - 17:48 KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday sought explanation from the High Oversight Commission on Implementation of Constitution (HOCIC) if the lower house had a constitutional mandate to summon the central bank chief.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Bahraini Regime troops arrested the Secretary General of al-Wefaq Association Sheikh Ali Salman when he attended to Criminal Investigation Department after receiving Saturday a summon request.
SEATTLE, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, introduces Summon 2.
Lawyer Meshal Al-Shareef said most of the country's courts use brief summon letters with little information.