CAPTION, n. 1. The act of taking, or apprehending by a judicial process.2. A certificate signed by commissioners in Chancery, declaring when and where the commission was executed.3. A preamble.4. In Scots law, a writ issued at the instance of a creditor, commanding an officer to take and imprison the debtor, till he pays the debt.
CAP'TION, n.1 [L. captio, from capio, to seize.]
- The act of taking, or apprehending by a judicial process. [Little used.]
- A certificate signed by commissioners in chancery, declaring when and where the commission was executed. – Ash.
- A preamble.
- In Scots law, a writ issued at the instance of a creditor, commanding an officer to take and imprison the debtor, till he pays the debt.
CAP'TION, n.2 [L. captio, capio.]
In law, a certificate, stating the time and place of executing a commission in chancery, or of taking a deposition, or of the finding of an indictment, and the court or authority before which such act was performed, and such other particulars as are necessary to render it legal and valid. A caption may be placed at the head or foot of a certificate, or on the back of an indictment. The word caption signifies a taking, but it includes the particulars above mentioned. The use of the word in any other than a technical sense, is not considered to be well authorized.
- A caviling; a sophism.
- The act of taking or arresting a
person by judicial process.
- That part of a legal
instrument, as a commission, indictment, etc., which shows where,
when, and by what authority, it was taken, found, or
- The heading of a chapter, section, or