Definition of compellable in English:


Pronunciation /kəmˈpeləbəl/ /kəmˈpɛləbəl/


  • (of a witness) able to be made to attend court or testify.

    ‘He does not wish to attend court in England and is not a compellable witness.’
    • ‘At the date of the appellant's trial he was a compellable witness for the defence and there is no reason to believe he was unavailable.’
    • ‘There was no other way of eliciting this evidence because the maker of the statements was not a compellable witness for the co-defendant.’
    • ‘Moreover, his co-accused was not a compellable witness.’
    • ‘The expert is a compellable witness in such a hearing.’