Part of speech: noun

The act of citing, or a passage cited.

Part of speech: noun

A judicial summons.

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Usage examples "citation":

  1. The Countess thought it nearly time to acknowledge him, and supported the idea by a citation of the doctrine, that to forgive is Christian. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  2. This wit was scarcely ever in writing- it seems to have been sometimes in conversation- forced or trivial; it was most ingeniously adjusted to the purpose of the moment, whether that purpose was a political argument, a light summary of a book of travels, or a mere gossiping letter to a friend; and it had a quality of its own which could only be displayed by extensive and elaborate citation. - "A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895)", George Saintsbury.
  3. In general, Hinze delights in the citation of opinions, and would hardly remark that the sun shone without an air of respectful appeal or fervid adhesion. - "Impressions of Theophrastus Such", George Eliot.