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[in-dahyt-muh nt] /ɪnˈdaɪt mənt/

an act of .
Law. a formal accusation initiating a criminal case, presented by a grand jury and usually required for felonies and other serious crimes.
any charge, accusation, serious criticism, or cause for blame.
the state of being .
noun (criminal law)
a formal written charge of crime formerly referred to and presented on oath by a grand jury
any formal accusation of crime
(Scot) a charge of crime brought at the instance of the Lord Advocate
the act of indicting or the state of being indicted

c.1300, endytement “action of accusing,” from Anglo-French enditement, from enditer (see indict). Meaning “legal document containing a charge” is from c.1500. Latin spelling restored 17c.
indictment [(in-deyet-muhnt)]

A formal accusation of a crime, presented to the accused party after the charges have been considered by a grand jury.


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