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Definition of Indictment

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act of accusing; formal accusation presented by a grand jury (Law); accusation, criticism; state of being indicted
Indictment Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The formal statement of an offense, as framed by the prosecuting authority of the State, and found by the grand jury.
  
(n.)
The act of indicting, or the state of being indicted.
  
(n.)
An accusation in general; a formal accusation.
  
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indictment
\in*dict"ment\ (?), n. [cf. inditement.]
1. the act of indicting, or the state of being indicted.
2. (law) the formal statement of an offense, as framed by the prosecuting authority of the state, and found by the grand jury.
note: to the validity of an indictment a finding by the grand jury is essential, while an information rests only on presentation by the prosecuting authority.
3. an accusation in general; a formal accusation.


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 bill of indictment 
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a formal document written for a prosecuting attorney charging a person with some offense
(synonym) bill of indictment
(hypernym) legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument
(hyponym) murder charge, murder indictment
(part-meronym) charge, complaint
(derivation) indict
2. an accusation of wrongdoing; "the book is an indictment of modern philosophy"
(hypernym) accusation, accusal
(derivation) indict
Indictment Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
An indictment ( ), in the common law system, is a formal accusation that a person has committed a crime. In jurisdictions that maintain the concept of felonies, the most serious criminal offence is a felony; jurisdictions that lack the concept of felonies often use that of an indictable offence—an offence that requires an indictment.

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Indictment Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
A formal accusation of a felony, issued by a grand jury after considering evidence presented by a prosecutor. The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
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Duhaime.org Legal Dictionary
USA: a formal accusation returned by a Grand Jury, that charges a person with a serious crime. It is on the basis of an indictment that an accused person must stand trial. - (read more on Indictment)
  
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