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process server

noun, Law.
1.
a person who serves legal documents, as subpoenas, writs, or warrants, especially those requiring appearance in court.
Origin of process server
1605-1615
1605-15
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  • "Well, I do not know," said the process-server with most exquisite politeness.

    An Englishman in Paris Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
  • "A lawyer should not have to be his own process-server," was the retort of offended dignity.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • A process-server walked in and handed Vaucross the papers at his table.

  • He did a good trade as bailiff and process-server, and at times had considerable sums of money in his possession.

  • However, the family remains, and no process-server would show his face at the rebuilt house for fifty pounds.

    Disturbed Ireland Bernard H. Becker
  • At fifteen he had been taken away from a boarding-school to be sent into the employment of a process-server.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert
  • One can only enjoy an estate if one has no fear of the process-server making his appearance upon it.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
  • Doublon, my process-server, will act under Cachan's directions, and he will lay on like a blacksmith.

    Eve and David Honore de Balzac
  • She instantly tore the document to pieces, and threw them into the face of the process-server.

    Lola Montez Edmund B. d'Auvergne
British Dictionary definitions for process-server

process-server

noun
1.
a sheriff's officer who serves legal documents such as writs for appearance in court
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