indictment


indictment
An accusation or charge of the commission of an indictable offense, made in writing by a grand jury against one or more persons upon evidence heard by the grand jury and presented by them under oath at the instance, and by the authority, of the state or the government. State v Hamilton, 133 W Va 394, 56 SE2d 544, 12 ALR2d 573. See indictable offense; information.

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  • Indictment — In*dict ment, n. [Cf. {Inditement}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of indicting, or the state of being indicted. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) The formal statement of an offense, as framed by the prosecuting authority of the State, and found by the grand… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • indictment — (n.) c.1300, endytement action of accusing, from Anglo Fr. enditement, from enditer (see INDICT (Cf. indict)). Meaning legal document containing a charge is from c.1500. Latin spelling restored 17c …   Etymology dictionary

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  • indictment — ► NOUN 1) Law a formal charge or accusation of a serious crime. 2) an indication that a system or situation is bad and deserves to be condemned …   English terms dictionary

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  • indictment — /in duyt meuhnt/, n. 1. an act of indicting. 2. Law. a formal accusation initiating a criminal case, presented by a grand jury and usually required for felonies and other serious crimes. 3. any charge, accusation, serious criticism, or cause for… …   Universalium


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