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[ri-mand, -mahnd] /rɪˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd/
verb (used with object)
to send back, remit, or consign again.
  1. to send back (a case) to a lower court from which it was appealed, with instructions as to what further proceedings should be had.
  2. (of a court or magistrate) to send back (a prisoner or accused person) into custody, as to await further proceedings.
the act of remanding.
the state of being remanded.
a person remanded.
Origin of remand
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English remaunden (v.) < Old French remander < Late Latin remandāre to repeat a command, send back word, equivalent to re- re- + mandāre to entrust, enjoin; see mandate
Related forms
remandment, noun
unremanded, adjective Unabridged
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  • To a little child, whether he is in prison on remand or after conviction is not a subtlety of position he can comprehend.

  • No, I will remand you to the guard-house until I can find employment for you.

    The Boy Nihilist Allan Arnold
  • I aint found nothing yet; but if I get a remand, wont I find nothing!

  • Yes,” said the magistrate, looking up, “we remand the case for a week.

    Follow My leader Talbot Baines Reed
  • To a little child, whether he is in prison on remand or after conviction, is a subtlety of social position he cannot comprehend.

  • But we got a remand, and that gave us a chance to get his photograph and prints for the records.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • It was considered that the evidence given was sufficient to make a remand imperative, and Phineas Finn was committed to Newgate.

    Phineas Redux Anthony Trollope
  • When the news of her father's remand reaches Maria, it overwhelms her with grief.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
British Dictionary definitions for remand


verb (transitive)
(law) (of a court or magistrate) to send (a prisoner or accused person) back into custody or admit him to bail, esp on adjourning a case for further inquiries to be made
to send back
the sending of a prisoner or accused person back into custody (or sometimes admitting him to bail) to await trial or continuation of his trial
the act of remanding or state of being remanded
on remand, in custody or on bail awaiting trial or completion of one's trial
Derived Forms
remandment, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin remandāre to send back word, from Latin re- + mandāre to command, confine; see mandate
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Word Origin and History for remand

mid-15c., from Middle French remander "send for again" (12c.) or directly from Late Latin remandare "to send back word, repeat a command," from Latin re- "back" (see re-) + mandare "to consign, order, commit to one's charge" (see mandate (n.)). Specifically in law, "send back (a prisoner) on refusing an application for discharge." Related: Remanded; remanding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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