[ri-mand, -mahnd]

verb (used with object)

to send back, remit, or consign again.
  1. to send back (a case) to a lower court from which it was appealed, with instructions as to what further proceedings should be had.
  2. (of a court or magistrate) to send back (a prisoner or accused person) into custody, as to await further proceedings.


the act of remanding.
the state of being remanded.
a person remanded.

Origin of remand

1400–50; late Middle English remaunden (v.) < Old French remander < Late Latin remandāre to repeat a command, send back word, equivalent to re- re- + mandāre to entrust, enjoin; see mandate
Related formsre·mand·ment, nounun·re·mand·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for remand

Contemporary Examples of remand

Historical Examples of remand

  • Yes,” said the magistrate, looking up, “we remand the case for a week.

    Follow My leader

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • But we got a remand, and that gave us a chance to get his photograph and prints for the records.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

  • When the news of her father's remand reaches Maria, it overwhelms her with grief.

    An Outcast

    F. Colburn Adams

  • No, I will remand you to the guard-house until I can find employment for you.

    The Boy Nihilist

    Allan Arnold

  • When it was over, he did not remand the good man to his cell.

British Dictionary definitions for remand


verb (tr)

law (of a court or magistrate) to send (a prisoner or accused person) back into custody or admit him to bail, esp on adjourning a case for further inquiries to be made
to send back


the sending of a prisoner or accused person back into custody (or sometimes admitting him to bail) to await trial or continuation of his trial
the act of remanding or state of being remanded
on remand in custody or on bail awaiting trial or completion of one's trial
Derived Formsremandment, noun

Word Origin for remand

C15: from Medieval Latin remandāre to send back word, from Latin re- + mandāre to command, confine; see mandate
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Word Origin and History for remand

mid-15c., from Middle French remander "send for again" (12c.) or directly from Late Latin remandare "to send back word, repeat a command," from Latin re- "back" (see re-) + mandare "to consign, order, commit to one's charge" (see mandate (n.)). Specifically in law, "send back (a prisoner) on refusing an application for discharge." Related: Remanded; remanding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper