Indictment meaning

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A document or other communication that makes accusations of wrongdoing or describes an unacceptable situation.
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An indicting or being indicted; charge; accusation.
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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.
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A charge made by a grand jury against a defendant.
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The process of making such a charge.
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(law) An official formal accusation for a criminal offence, or the process by which it is brought to a jury. [from 14th c.]
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(law) The official legal document outlining the charges concerned. [from 16th c.]
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(countable, uncountable) An accusation of wrongdoing; a criticism or condemnation. [from 19th c.]
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Origin of indictment

  • 18th century Latinized respelling of Middle English endytement (“action of accusing”), from Anglo-Norman enditement, from enditer

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