bill of indictment

bill′ of indict′ment
law a written accusation submitted to a grand jury for its decision
Etymology: 1525–35

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • bill of indictment — see bill 3b Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. bill of indictment …   Law dictionary

  • Bill of indictment — Bill Bill, n. [OE. bill, bille, fr. LL. billa (or OF. bille), for L. bulla anything rounded, LL., seal, stamp, letter, edict, roll; cf. F. bille a ball, prob. fr. Ger.; cf. MHG. bickel, D. bikkel, dice. Cf. {Bull} papal edict, {Billet} a paper.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bill of indictment — Indictment In*dict ment, n. [Cf. {Inditement}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of indicting, or the state of being indicted. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) The formal statement of an offense, as framed by the prosecuting authority of the State, and found by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bill of indictment — noun a formal document written for a prosecuting attorney charging a person with some offense • Syn: ↑indictment • Derivationally related forms: ↑indict (for: ↑indictment) • Hypernyms: ↑legal document, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • bill of indictment — Date: circa 1530 an indictment before it is found or ignored by the grand jury …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bill of indictment — noun a written accusation of crime delivered to a court (formerly to a grand jury), which becomes an indictment if endorsed by an officer of the court, usually the attorney general …   Australian English dictionary

  • bill of indictment — The name properly applied to that paper which contains a criminal charge, before the paper is handed out to the grand jury. After it is found and all the blanks are filled in, it is called an indictment. When it is thus made perfect, it must be… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • bill of indictment — Law. a written accusation submitted to a grand jury for its decision. * * * …   Universalium

  • bill of indictment — official written accusation …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bill of indictment — noun historical or N. Amer. a written accusation as presented to a grand jury …   English new terms dictionary

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