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[in-dahyt-muh nt] /ɪnˈdaɪt mənt/
an act of indicting.
Law. a formal accusation initiating a criminal case, presented by a grand jury and usually required for felonies and other serious crimes.
any charge, accusation, serious criticism, or cause for blame.
the state of being indicted.
1275-1325; indict + -ment; replacing Middle English enditement < Anglo-French (see indite)
Related forms
nonindictment, noun
reindictment, noun
superindictment, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for indictments


noun (criminal law)
a formal written charge of crime formerly referred to and presented on oath by a grand jury
any formal accusation of crime
(Scot) a charge of crime brought at the instance of the Lord Advocate
the act of indicting or the state of being indicted
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Word Origin and History for indictments



c.1300, endytement "action of accusing," from Anglo-French enditement, from enditer (see indict). Meaning "legal document containing a charge" is from c.1500. Latin spelling restored 17c.

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indictments in Culture
indictment [(in-deyet-muhnt)]

A formal accusation of a crime, presented to the accused party after the charges have been considered by a grand jury.

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