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capias

[key-pee-uh s, kap-ee-] /ˈkeɪ pi əs, ˈkæp i-/
noun, Law.
1.
a writ commanding an officer to take a specified person into custody.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin: literally, you are to take, subjunctive 2nd person singular of capere
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capias

/ˈkeɪpɪˌæs; ˈkæp-/
noun
1.
(law) (formerly) a writ directing a sheriff or other officer to arrest a named person
Word Origin
C15: from Latin, literally: you must take, from capere
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capias

n.

writ of arrest issued by a court, mid-15c., from Latin capias, literally "thou mayest take," typical first word of such a writ; properly 2nd person singular present subjunctive of capere "to catch, seize, hold" (see capable).

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