in·​dict·​able | \ in-ˈdī-tə-bəl How to pronounce indictable (audio) \

Definition of indictable

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 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 This is the moment when my brother enters the assembling facts not only as an indictable accomplice but as the spontaneous mastermind—the El Capo—of a clay-stealing cartel consisting of himself and four ten-year-olds. John Mcphee, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2022 Taking your shoes off an airplane should be an indictable offense. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 July 2021 Leaving Canada to participate in the activities of a terrorist group is an indictable offence with a maximum sentence of 10 years. Paula Newton, CNN, 30 Sep. 2020 State Police Superintendent Patrick Callahan reported 70 compliance issues resulting in 34 indictable offenses. Kim Jarrett, Washington Examiner, 31 Mar. 2020 But legal scholars and Democrats are decrying the claim that an impeachable offense must be an indictable crime. Eric Tucker, Fortune, 23 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of indictable

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of indictable was circa 1706

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“Indictable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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in·​dict·​able | \ in-ˈdī-tə-bəl How to pronounce indictable (audio) \

Legal Definition of indictable

: making one liable to indictment an indictable offense

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