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cap·tion /'kap-shən/ n [Medieval Latin captio act of taking, from Latin capere to take]: the part of a legal document that states the court, the names of the parties, the docket number, the title of the document, and sometimes the name of the judge

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

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I noun annotation, banner, banner head, banner line, characterization, clause, description, designation, display line, head, heading, headline, headnote, imprint, indication of contents, inscription, legend, mark of identification, notes, preface, rubric, section head, specification, statement, subhead, subheading, subtitle, superscription, title, topic associated concepts: caption of a petition, caption of a pleading, caption of indictment II index apprehension (act of arresting), call (title), denomination, heading, inscription, phrase, rubric (title), title (designation)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


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n.
The heading of a legal document such as a brief, motion, or pleading, containing the names of the parties, the court, the action, the docket number, and any other required information.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


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1. seizure of a thing or a person.
2. the heading of a legal instrument.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


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A heading required on all pleadings (court documents), listing the name and contact information of the lawyer or self-represented party, identifying the court in which the case is filed, and stating the names of the parties, the case number, and the title of the document.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


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n.
1 The heading of a pleading that contains the names of the parties and court, the case index or docket number, and the type of pleading the document is.
2 The taking or carrying away of an object.
3 The arrest or seizure of a person pursuant to legal process.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


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The standardized heading of a legal instrument, such as a motion or a complaint, which sets forth the names of the parties in controversy, the name of the court, the docket number, and the name of the action.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


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The standardized heading of a legal instrument, such as a motion or a complaint, which sets forth the names of the parties in controversy, the name of the court, the docket number, and the name of the action.
II Heading or introductory party of a pleading.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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n.
   the first section of any written legal pleading (papers) to be filed, which contains the name, address, telephone number of the attorney, the person or persons the attorney represents, the court name, the title of the case, the number of the case, and the title of the documents (complaint, accusation, answer, motion, etc.). Each jurisdiction has its own rules as to the exact format of the caption.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Caption — Cap tion, n. [L. captio, fr. caper to take. In senses 3 and 4, perhaps confounded in meaning with L. caput a head. See {Capacious}.] 1. A caviling; a sophism. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This doctrine is for caption and contradiction. Bacon. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Caption — may refer to: *Caption (comics convention), a small press and independent comic convention held annually in Oxford, England *Closed captioning, used to provide the text of a show s audio portion to those who may have trouble hearing it *To see… …   Wikipedia

  • caption — (n.) late 14c., taking, seizure, from O.Fr. capcion arrest, capture, imprisonment, from L. capito (gen. captionis) a catching, seizing, holding, from captus, pp. of capere to take (see CAPABLE (Cf. capable)). Sense evolved from headings of legal… …   Etymology dictionary

  • caption — ► NOUN 1) a title or brief explanation appended to an illustration or cartoon. 2) a piece of text appearing on screen as part of a film or television broadcast. ► VERB ▪ provide with a caption. ORIGIN originally in the sense «capture»: from Latin …   English terms dictionary

  • caption — [kap′shən] n. [ME capcioun < OFr capcion < L captio < pp. of capere, take: see HAVE] 1. Archaic seizure 2. Law a) a part of a legal instrument, such as an indictment, showing where, when, and by what authority it was executed b) a… …   English World dictionary

  • Caption — Caption, 1) verfängliche Art zu fragen; 2) Trugschluß; daher Captiös, vieldeutig, verfänglich: Captiöse Fragen, Fragen, welche so eingerichtet sind, daß der Befragte, indem er darauf antwortet, zugleich mittelbar eine Thatsache bestätigt, die… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • caption — *inscription, legend …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • caption — Fowler called this ‘rare in British use, and might well be rarer’. Despite this disapproval (see lost causes), it is now a common word on both sides of the Atlantic, meaning (1) a title below an illustration and (2) a heading to a newspaper… …   Modern English usage

  • caption — [n] heading; short description explanation, head, inscription, legend, rubric, subtitle, title, underline; concept 283 …   New thesaurus

  • caption — I UK [ˈkæpʃ(ə)n] / US noun [countable] Word forms caption : singular caption plural captions a) words printed near or on a picture that explain something about the picture b) a joke that is printed underneath a humorous drawing or photograph II… …   English dictionary

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