Impeachment definition

The act of impeaching a public official, either elected or appointed, before a tribunal charged with determining the facts of the matter.
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An attack on the credibility of a witness for reasons relating to prior inconsistent testimony or evidence of lying.
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An administrative procedure, defined in the United States Constitution, under which the president or another government official is brought up on charges and tried by the Congress, and, if convicted, is removed from office.
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The state of being impeached.
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A demonstration in a court of law, or before another finder of fact, that a witness was ingenuine before, and therefore, is less likely to tell the truth now.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
impeachment
Plural:
impeachments

Origin of impeachment

  • From Old French empechement. See impeach +"Ž -ment.

    From Wiktionary