Definition of citatory in US English:



  • 1Chiefly Law. Especially of a document: having the function of citing or summoning someone; relating to or concerned with this action. Especially in "letters citatory" (also "citatory letters"). Now chiefly historical.

  • 2Relating to, of the nature of, or characterized by quotation or citation.


Late Middle English. From post-classical Latin citatorius of or relating to a legal summons (from late 12th cent. in British sources; also in continental sources; compare earlier citatorium (noun) legal summons) from classical Latin citāt-, past participial stem of citāre + -ōrius.