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.
Origin of indictment
1275–1325; indictRelated formsnon·in·dict·ment, nounre·in·dict·ment, nounsu·per·in·dict·ment, noun
; replacing Middle English enditement
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British Dictionary definitions for reindictment
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
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Word Origin and History for reindictment
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.
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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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