accused

noun

ac·​cused ə-ˈkyüzd How to pronounce accused (audio)
plural accused
: one charged with an offense
especially : the defendant in a criminal case

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of accused was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Accused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accused. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

accused

noun

ac·​cused
ə-ˈkyüzd
plural accused
: one charged with wrongdoing
especially : the defendant in a criminal case

Legal Definition

accused

noun

ac·​cused
ə-ˈkyüzd
plural accused
: 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

Note: 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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