from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Hindrance; impediment; obstruction.
- noun A calling in question; accusation of wrong or error; disparagement: as, an impeachment of one's motives or conduct, or of the credibility of a witness.
- noun A calling to account; arraignment; the act of charging with a crime or misdemeanor; specifically, the exhibition of charges of mal-administration against a high public officer before a competent tribunal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete Hindrance; impediment; obstruction.
- noun A calling to account; arraignment; especially, of a public officer for maladministration.
- noun A calling in question as to purity of motives, rectitude of conduct, credibility, etc.; accusation; reproach.
- noun See under
- noun (Law) restraint from, or accountability for, injury; also, a suit for damages for injury.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The act of
impeachinga public official, either elected or appointed, before a tribunal charged with determining the factsof the matter
- noun the state of being
- noun a demonstration, in a
courtof law, or before other finder of fact, that a witnesswas ingeniousbefore and therefore is less likely to tell the truthnow
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a formal document charging a public official with misconduct in office
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I think the impeachment is about the misuse of funds as well.
Perennial congressional gadfly Dennis Kucinich completely lost his political screws when he even uttered the word "impeachment" of President Obama over his action in Libya.
BTW -- according to WikiPedia, "impeachment" is a charge brought against any high level officials.
If the impeachment is successful, I hope President Obama appoints him to a federal court judgeship.
The funny part about the Clinton impeachment is that the more the Beltway bloviators were scandalized and demanded that Clinton resign, the higher his poll numbers went.
The South Carolina legislature should begin impeachment proceedings in earnest against Mark Sanford charging him with dereliction of duty, misuse of public property and tax payer funds.
Legislators of both parties say impeachment is an unlikely option.
How about that “impeachment is off the table” Speaker of the House?
The reason Hastings retained the right to hold office is because the judgment in impeachment (which is provided for in the constitution) did not extend to or include disqualification to hold office.
The most that Congress can impose via conviction on impeachment is removal from office and disqualification.