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legal action to protect a private civil right or to compel a civil remedy (as distinguished from criminal prosecution) civil action
right of a defendant to have a court use its subpoena power to compel the appearance of material witnesses before the court compulsory process
seize and hold to compel payment distrain , distress , sequestrate
compel to perform or react oblige
aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power power play , squeeze , squeeze play
writ issued by court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court subpoena , subpoena ad testificandum
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