Definitions for: Indictment

[n] a formal document written for a prosecuting attorney charging a person with some offense
[n] an accusation of wrongdoing; "the book is an indictment of modern philosophy"

Webster (1913) Definition: In*dict"ment, n. [Cf. Inditement.]
1. The act of indicting, or the state of being indicted.

2. (Law) The formal statement of an offense, as framed by the
prosecuting authority of the State, and found by the grand

Note: To the validity of an indictment a finding by the grand
jury is essential, while an information rests only on
presentation by the prosecuting authority.

3. An accusation in general; a formal accusation.

Bill of indictment. See under Bill.

Synonyms: bill of indictment

See Also: accusal, accusation, charge, complaint, instrument, legal document, legal instrument, murder charge, murder indictment, official document, true bill

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