bill of particulars

noun phrase

: a detailed listing of charges or claims brought in a legal action or of a defendant's response or counterclaim

Examples of bill of particulars in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That incident, together with the war, became Exhibit A in the bill of particulars that Democratic Party candidates, including Joe Biden in 2020, presented against Riyadh. Hussein Ibish, The Atlantic, 24 Jan. 2024 His name quickly conjures the worst massacres, deepest pro-settlement fanaticism, and most extreme nationalistic provocations in the Palestinian bill of particulars against Israel. Hussein Ibish, Foreign Affairs, 11 Jan. 2014 However, that was only a part of the Democratic bill of particulars. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 The former President’s name is mentioned more than a hundred and ninety times in the indictment, as the former acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal pointed out, and the bill of particulars seemed clearly aimed at showing that Trump himself directly violated the law. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2023 Defense attorneys file bills of particulars when the criminal charges against defendants are vague to minimize surprises during trial. Philip Jankowski, Dallas News, 25 July 2023 On July 6, Rosenzweig had filed a motion for order requesting a bill of particulars from Wilson laying out the details of his show cause order. Dale Ellis, Arkansas Online, 20 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bill of particulars was in 1815

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“Bill of particulars.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

bill of particulars

see bill sense 3a, b

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