accusatorial

[ uh-kyoo-zuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr- ]
/ əˌkyu zəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr- /

adjective

of, like, or pertaining to an accuser.

Origin of accusatorial

First recorded in 1815–25; accusatory + -al1

Related forms

ac·cu·sa·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for accusatorial

  • The proceeding, too, was inquisitorial, not accusatorial: it required no accusers.

    Not Paul, But Jesus|Jeremy Bentham

British Dictionary definitions for accusatorial

accusatorial

accusatory (əˈkjuːzətərɪ, -trɪ, ˌækjʊˈzeɪtərɪ)

/ (əˌkjuːzəˈtɔːrɪəl) /

adjective

containing or implying blame or strong criticism
law denoting criminal procedure in which the prosecutor is distinct from the judge and the trial is conducted in publicCompare inquisitorial (def. 3)
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