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Dictionary definition for: Summons

1. (n) a request to be present; "they came at his bidding"

2. (v) call in an official matter, such as to attend court

3. (n) an order to appear in person at a given place and time

4. (n) 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

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