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arraign

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verb ar·raign \ə-ˈrān\

Simple Definition of arraign

  • law : to state the charges against someone who is accused of a crime in a formal procedure before a judge

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of arraign

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to call (a defendant) before a court to answer to an indictment :  charge

  3. 2 :  to accuse of wrong, inadequacy, or imperfection

arraignmentplay \-mənt\ noun

Origin of arraign

Middle English arreinen, from Anglo-French areisner, arener, from a- (from Latin ad-) + raisner to address, from Vulgar Latin *rationare, from Latin ration-, ratio reason — more at reason


First Known Use: 14th century


Law Dictionary

arraign

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transitive verb ar·raign \ə-ˈrān\

Legal Definition of arraign

  1. :  to bring (a defendant) before a judge or magistrate to hear the charges and to plead usu. either guilty or not guilty — compare indict

arraignment noun


Additional Notes on arraign

For a person to be formally arraigned, he or she must be called by name before a judge or magistrate. The judge or magistrate makes sure that the defendant is the person named in the complaint, indictment, or information, which is then read to formally notify the defendant of the charges. The defendant may then enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or another plea allowed by law such as nolo contendere. In some cases, as when the defendant is not yet represented by a lawyer, the judge or magistrate may enter a plea of not guilty on the defendant's behalf.

Origin of arraign

Anglo-French arrainer, from Old French araisnier to address, call to account, from a-, prefix stressing goal of an action + raisnier to speak


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