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accused

noun ac·cused

Definition of accused

plural

accused

  1. :  one charged with an offense; especially :  the defendant in a criminal case



1567

First Known Use of accused

1567


Law Dictionary

accused

noun ac·cused \ə-ˈkyüzd\

Legal Definition of accused

plural

accused

  1. :  a person who has been arrested for or formally charged with a crime :  the defendant in a criminal case <the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial — U.S. Constitution amend. VI>



Additional Notes on accused

Certain rights guaranteed by the Constitution, such as the right to counsel, become effective once a person is characterized as an accused.



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