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arraignment

[uh-reyn-muh nt] /əˈreɪn mənt/
noun
1.
an act of arraigning or the state of being arraigned.
2.
a calling into question or a finding fault, especially with respect to the value or virtue of something; critical examination.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English arainement < Middle French araisnement. See arraign, -ment
Related forms
nonarraignment, noun
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Word Origin and History for arraignments

arraignment

n.

mid-15c., from Old French araisnement, from araisnier (see arraign).

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Encyclopedia Article for arraignments

arraignment

in Anglo-American law, first encounter of an accused person with the court prior to trial, wherein he is brought to the bar and the charges against him are read. The accused usually enters a plea of guilt or innocence. If he chooses not to plead, a plea of not guilty will be entered for him. A guilty plea will usually result in the case's being handed over for judgment. Sometimes the court will permit a guilty plea to be withdrawn.

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