indictment

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noun in·dict·ment \in-ˈdīt-mənt\

Definition of indictment

  1. 1a :  the action or the legal process of indictingb :  the state of being indicted

  2. 2 :  a formal written statement framed by a prosecuting authority and found by a jury (such as a grand jury) charging a person with an offense

  3. 3 :  an expression of strong disapproval an indictment of government policy on immigrants

Examples of indictment in a Sentence

  1. The grand jury has handed down indictments against several mobsters.

  2. No one was surprised by her indictment.

  3. She intended the film to be an indictment of the media.

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First Known Use of indictment

14th century


INDICTMENT Defined for English Language Learners

indictment

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Definition of indictment for English Language Learners

  • law : an official written statement charging a person with a crime

  • : the act of officially charging someone with a crime : the act of indicting someone

  • : an expression or statement of strong disapproval


Law Dictionary

indictment

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noun in·dict·ment \in-ˈdīt-mənt\

Legal Definition of indictment

  1. 1 :  the action or the legal process of indicting

  2. 2a :  a formal written statement framed by a prosecuting authority and found by a grand jury that charges a person or persons with an offense — compare complaint, information b :  bill of indictment at bill 3b





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