• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Capias (Low) A writ or process commanding the officer to take the body of the person named in it, that is, to arrest him; -- also called writ of capias.☞ One principal kind of capias is a writ by which actions at law are frequently commenced; another is a writ of execution issued after judgment to satisfy damages recovered; a capias in criminal law is the process to take a person charged on an indictment, when he is not in custody. Burrill. Wharton.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n capias In law, a writ in a civil action directing that the person of the defendant be taken into custody. The commonest kinds are the capias ad respondendum (take to answer), which is issued to arrest before judgment (this is the usual sense when the word capias is used alone), and the capias ad satisfaciendum (take to satisfy, usually abbreviated to ca. sa.), which is issued after judgment, for execution against the person. A testatum capias was a second or further writ, allowed in certain cases where the return of the first attested the absence of the defendant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Capias kā′pi-as a judicial writ, commanding the sheriff to arrest the person named in it.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. thou mayst take
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. capias, thou mayst take—L. capĕre, to take.


In literature:

Haec comice dicta cave ne male capias.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
Associated words: capias, warrant.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
Mr. Capias answer to his name!
"Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities" by Robert Smith Surtees
Capias, for any sum not exceeding 30l., 13s.
"The Present Picture of New South Wales (1811)" by David Dickinson Mann
He met Squire Capias one morning on the street.
"Winning His Way" by Charles Carleton Coffin
It's just a kind of a capias, as I may say, nothing more.
"Jack Hinton The Guardsman" by Charles James Lever

In news:

Capias warrants were issued for both Joy Jo Headley and Tessa Ann Young in Wetzel County Circuit Court Sept 28.
Court Issues Capias Warrants, Accepts Pleas.