from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capable of being indicted: Evidence suggested that the official was indictable for the crime.
  • adj. Making one liable to indictment: an indictable offense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Able to be indicted; chargeable.
  • adj. Subjecting one to an indictment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being, or liable to be, indicted; subject to indictment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being indicted; liable to indictment: as, an indictable offender.
  • That may subject one to an indictment; that may be punished by a proceeding commenced by indictment: as, an indictable offense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. liable to be accused, or cause for such liability


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  • Yes, I know that the crimes known as felonies prior to 1967 mostly became known as indictable offences, to be tried in the Crown Court only.

    The Guardian World News

  • The charges are indictable, meaning, despite their age, the pair were dealt with in district court. - Stuff

  • Now, that is an indictable offence, and we could charge him with indecent exposure, only we think he might have a mental health problem.

    Henry’s Demons

  • Libel is indictable in Commonwealth countries (that means Britain, folks), who share a common legal system with the States. example Says:

    Matthew Yglesias » The American Way

  • The commission says that the total number of people behind bars accelerated in the last decade despite "a similar number of crimes being reported to the police as in the early 1990s … the volume of indictable offences has fallen over this time".

    More black people jailed in England and Wales proportionally than in US

  • The government's official statistics on "Race and the Criminal Justice System", published by the Ministry of Justice last month, reveal that for all indictable offences in 2010, black offenders are 17% more likely to receive immediate custodial offences than white offenders.– but a breakdown for offences was not available.

    Race variation in jail sentences, study suggests

  • He extracted the figures for those sentenced for indictable offences.

    Race variation in jail sentences, study suggests

  • The police said the man has been charged with five counts of "dealing with property known or believed to represent proceeds of an indictable offense" and is in custody.

    Birmingham International Chairman Arrested

  • They believed that Morros would say one thing and they would say another, and that would be an indictable offense.

    A Covert Affair

  • There is no smoking gun here, no indictable offenses that I can find.

    Robert Teitelman: Michael Hirsh's "Capital Offense"


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