indictable

adjective

in·​dict·​able in-ˈdī-tə-bəl How to pronounce indictable (audio)
1
: subject to being indicted : liable to indictment
2
: making one liable to indictment
an indictable offense

Examples of indictable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was acquitted on one charge of concealing an indictable offense. Angus Watson, CNN, 17 Aug. 2023 But the ethical standard for federal judges is (thankfully) not everything short of indictable corruption. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 26 July 2023 Gonzalez has also been taken to task for failing to prosecute indictable offenses, including a murder case and a drug trafficking case. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, 5 May 2023 What’s more indictable: Fields’ poor statistics or the fact that the offensive coordinator called only 11 pass attempts? Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune, 19 Sep. 2022 Never mind the fact that backing the party’s mercurial, irrational, and eminently indictable leader requires contorting oneself into all manner of ridiculous and humiliating poses. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2022 Even if the House committee reports no indictable offenses, other investigations and lawsuits involving him may well indict, convict, and/or bankrupt him. Jim Sleeper, The New Republic, 16 June 2022 What would normally be regarded as a technical violation (there are no rules defining such things), may in his or her small world assume the proportions of an indictable offense. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 13 Mar. 2022 Brian Houston, who was charged in Sydney in August with concealing a serious indictable offense, said he had already been told to step aside from all Hillsong boards. NBC News, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of indictable was circa 1706

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“Indictable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indictable. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Legal Definition

indictable

adjective
in·​dict·​able in-ˈdī-tə-bəl How to pronounce indictable (audio)
: making one liable to indictment
an indictable offense

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