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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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Examples from the Web for remanding
Historical Examples
  • Said court erred in remanding this plaintiff in error to the custody of said defendant in error.

  • His remanding her to Sarai shows that the subjection was lawful and right.

    A Defence of Virginia Robert L. Dabney
  • Therefore, I am remanding you to the custody of the Medical Corps for observation.

    The Judas Valley Gerald Vance
  • Instead of remanding me to the Conciergerie, give me leave to follow the boy's body to Pere-Lachaise.

British Dictionary definitions for remanding


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 remanding



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.

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