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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Indictment  \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 
  jury. 
 
  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  indictment 
  n  1:  a  formal  document  written  for  a  prosecuting  attorney 
  charging  a  person  with  some  offense  [syn:  {bill  of 
  indictment}] 
  2:  an  accusation  of  wrongdoing;  "the  book  is  an  indictment  of 
  modern  philosophy" 




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