- The definition of an indictment is a charge or formal written accusation charging someone with a crime.
An example of indictment is the accusation which caused Nazi war criminals to be tried in the Nuremberg Trials.
indictment definition by Webster's New World
- an indicting or being indicted
- a charge; accusation; specif. a formal written accusation charging one or more persons with the commission of a crime, presented by a grand jury to the court when the jury has found, after examining the evidence presented, that there is a valid case
Origin: Middle English and amp; Anglo-French enditement
indictment definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act of indicting.b. The condition of being indicted.
- Law A written statement charging a party with the commission of a crime or other offense, drawn up by a prosecuting attorney and found and presented by a grand jury.
indictment - Cultural Definition
A formal accusation of a crime, presented to the accused party after the charges have been considered by a grand jury.
indictment - Legal Definition
- A charge made by a grand jury against a defendant.
- The process of making such a charge.