American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of indicting.
- n. The condition of being indicted.
- n. Law A written statement charging a party with the commission of a crime or other offense, drawn up by a prosecuting attorney and found and presented by a grand jury.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of indicting; accusation; formal charge or statement of grievances; formal complaint before a tribunal.
- n. In law, the formal complaint by which a criminal offense, found by the grand jury to have been committed, is by it charged against the supposed offender for presentation to the court, that he may be put on trial. It is generally drafted by the public prosecutor, and is termed a bill until it has received the sanction of the grand jury, which must be by the concurrence of at least twelve of the jurors, attested by oath or affirmation.
- n. In Scots law, a form or process by which a criminal is brought to trial at the instance of the lord advocate. It runs in the name of the lord advocate, and, addressing the panel by name, charges the latter with being guilty of the crime for which he is to be brought to trial.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of indicting, or the state of being indicted.
- n. (Law) The formal statement of an offense, as framed by the prosecuting authority of the State, and found by the grand jury.
- n. An accusation in general; a formal accusation.
- n. an accusation of wrongdoing
- n. a formal document written for a prosecuting attorney charging a person with some offense
- 18th century Latinized respelling of Middle English endytement ("action of accusing"), from Anglo-Norman enditement, from enditer (Wiktionary)
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