practice. This word, the signification of which is "
that you take," is applicable to many heads of practice. Several writs
and processes, commanding the sheriff to take the person of the defendant,
are known by the name of capias. For example: there are writs of capias
ad respondendum, writs of capias ad computandum, writs of capias ad satisfaciendum,
&c., each especially adapted to the purposes indicated by the words
used for its designation. See 3 Bl. Com. 281; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2794.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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