What does indictment mean?

Definitions for indictment
ɪnˈdaɪt məntin·dict·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. indictment, bill of indictmentnoun

    a formal document written for a prosecuting attorney charging a person with some offense

  2. indictmentnoun

    an accusation of wrongdoing

    "the book is an indictment of modern philosophy"


  1. indictmentnoun

    an official written accusation on behalf of the government for a serious offence; a document outlining serious charges of an accused

  2. indictmentnoun


Webster Dictionary

  1. Indictmentnoun

    the act of indicting, or the state of being indicted

    Etymology: [Cf. Inditement.]

  2. Indictmentnoun

    the formal statement of an offense, as framed by the prosecuting authority of the State, and found by the grand jury

    Etymology: [Cf. Inditement.]

  3. Indictmentnoun

    an accusation in general; a formal accusation

    Etymology: [Cf. Inditement.]


  1. Indictment

    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. In most common law jurisdictions, an indictment was handed up by a grand jury, which returned a "true bill" if it found cause to make the charge, or "no bill" if it did not find cause. The right of one accused of a felony or serious crime to have the charges reviewed for probable cause by a grand jury before being tried by a petit jury, except for certain cases tried in courts-martial, is secured by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, but this has been abolished in most parts of the world.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of indictment in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of indictment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of indictment in a Sentence

  1. John Malcolm:

    In terms of the wife, she could be charged with aiding and abetting, being a co-conspirator, or making false statements to federal investigators, depending on what she did, for example, if she knew her husband’s plans and was with him when he purchased the firearms, helped him to scope out the joint, covered up evidence or lied to investigators about what she knows, that could lead to an indictment.

  2. Paul Ryan:

    If Americans’ civil liberties were abused, then that needs to come to light so that doesn’t happen again, what this is not is an indictment on our institutions or our justice system.

  3. Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula:

    This intervention is not an indictment on the police. ... We are coming in because they need that support.

  4. Valerie Jarrett:

    There was a lot of shouting and pacing of the floor and banging of the desk, but after he calmed down, I told him there was something else he had to do, he had to authorize me to tell Attorney General Loretta Lynch that we were doing a one-eighty on Hillary Clinton. No indictment, no matter what.

  5. Ndegwa Muhoro:

    The Kenya High Court decision in Meru ... was a serious indictment on the National Police Service, let's give the police service a human face.

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