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Definition 1: 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 - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for summons in the sense of this definition

(summons is a kind of ...) (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer

(... is a kind of summons ) a summons that commands the appearance of a party at a proceeding

(... is a kind of summons ) a summons issued after the filing of a libel or claim directing all parties concerned to show cause why the judgment asked for should not be granted

(... is a kind of summons ) a summons issued to an offender (especially to someone who violates a traffic regulation)

(summons belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 2: a request to be present - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where summons or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they came at his bidding

Synonyms for summons in the sense of this definition

(summons is a kind of ...) a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something

"an invitation to lunch" "she threw the invitation away"

Definition 3: an order to appear in person at a given place and time - [noun denoting communication]

(summons is a kind of ...) (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed

"the British ships dropped anchor and waited for orders from London"

(... is a kind of summons ) an order to report for military duty

Definition 4: call in an official matter, such as to attend court - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for summons in the sense of this definition

(summons is a kind of ...) order, request, or command to come

"She was called into the director's office" "Call the police!"

(... is a kind of summons ) summon (a vouchee) into court to warrant or defend a title

(... is a kind of summons ) summon to court

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