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



  1. Indictment

    An indictment ( in-DYTE-mənt) is a formal accusation that a person has committed a crime. In jurisdictions that use the concept of felonies, the most serious criminal offence is a felony; jurisdictions that do not use the felonies concept often use that of an indictable offence, an offence that requires an indictment.


  1. indictment

    An indictment is a formal accusation issued by a grand jury against a party who is suspected of having committed a serious crime. It is a legal document that states the nature of the charges brought against the individual and is a crucial step in criminal proceedings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indictmentnoun

    the act of indicting, or the state of being indicted

  2. Indictmentnoun

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

  3. Indictmentnoun

    an accusation in general; a formal accusation

  4. 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. Scott Bolden:

    When you bring an indictment, if I may, when you bring an indictment four months before an election and don’t sit down with the defense and tell them what you’re looking for and at before you bring the indictment, you’re not trying to find justice or truth. You’re trying to affect the outcome of her reelection effort.

  2. Donald Trump:

    The indictment dramatically alters the case, although not in a way that will surprise National Review readers. There continues to be no connection to the Trump campaign( which Manafort briefly chaired and Gates also served), much less any suggestion of collusion between the campaign and Russia. The new indictment, however, retreats from the original allegations of money laundering, failure to register as foreign agents, and the so-called conspiracy against the United States. We observed back in November that all of these charges seemed problematic … We also noted at the time that the oddest thing about the original indictment was the absence of tax-evasion and bank-fraud charges. Mueller had seemed to lay the groundwork for these allegations but to have refrained from charging them.Voila ! The case is now exclusively a tax and bank-fraud case.

  3. Jeffrey Toobin:

    They will continue their investigations unless and until a new boss tells them to stop, i mean, the real power of a US attorney is not to control investigations day-to-day but to say, 'Look, we're not pursuing X or we are pursuing Y.' And 'I will not sign an indictment or I will sign an indictment.' The real question will be who comes in to replace him long-term and whether that person has a similarly aggressive attitude.

  4. Jay Sekulow:

    The indictment today does not allege Russian collusion by Roger Stone or anyone else, rather, the indictment focuses on alleged false statements Roger Stone made to Congress.

  5. Roger Stone:

    Im in for the fight of my life but I will not quit. I will not fold. I will not bend. I will not bear false witness against the president, i intend to fight because this indictment is fabricated. This indictment is thin as can be.

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    declare untrue; contradict
    • A. attend
    • B. observe
    • C. carry
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