capias'

capias

[key-pee-uhs, kap-ee-]
noun Law.
a writ commanding an officer to take a specified person into custody.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin: literally, you are to take, subjunctive 2nd person singular of capere

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capias (ˈkeɪpɪˌæs, ˈkæp-)
 
n
law (formerly) a writ directing a sheriff or other officer to arrest a named person
 
[C15: from Latin, literally: you must take, from capere]

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capias
writ of arrest issued by a court, 1467, from L. capias, lit. "thou mayest take," typical first word of such a writ.
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