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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.
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