accused

noun ac·cused

Definition of accused

plural accused
: one charged with an offense; especially : the defendant in a criminal case

First Known Use of accused

15th century



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accused

noun ac·cused \ ə-ˈkyüzd \

legal Definition of accused

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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