Impeach meaning

ĭm-pēch
To charge with impropriety; to discredit; to call into question.
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To raise doubts about; discredit or disparage.

Impeach a witness's credibility; impeach someone's character.

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To bring a legal proceeding against a public official, asserting that because he or she committed some offense, he or she should be removed from office.
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(law) To demonstrate in court that a testimony under oath contradicts another testimony from the same person, usually one taken during deposition.
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To challenge or discredit (a person's honor, reputation, etc.)
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The definition of impeach is to charge someone in an official position with misconduct, or to question whether something is valid or proper.

When a president is declared unfit for office because of his past actions, this is an example of when you impeach the president.

When you call into question whether someone is acting with honest motives, this is an example of when you impeach his motives.

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To hinder, impede, or prevent.
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A challenge or accusation.
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Origin of impeach

  • Middle English empechen to impede, accuse from Anglo-Norman empecher from Late Latin impedicāre to entangle Latin in- in in–2 Latin pedica fetter ped- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman empecher, from Old French empeechier (“hinder”) (French empêcher), from Latin impedicare (“fetter”)

    From Wiktionary