What does arraignment mean?

arraignment meaning in General Dictionary

The work of arraigning or the condition of being arraigned the act of calling and establishing a prisoner before a court to answer to an indictment or grievance

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  • a legal document calling anyone to court to answer an indictment
  • The act of arraigning, and/or state of being arraigned; the work of calling and setting a prisoner before a court to reply to an indictment or complaint.
  • A calling to a free account to faults; accusation.

arraignment meaning in Legal Dictionary

n. the hearing in which a person charged with a crime is arraigned in his or her first appearance before a judge. This is the initial appearance of a criminal defendant (unless continued from an earlier time) in which all the preliminaries are taken care of.


arraignment meaning in Law Dictionary

In criminal rehearse. Calling the defendant into the club for the court, to resolve the accusation contained in the indictment.


arraignment meaning in Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., from Old French araisnement, from araisnier (see arraign).


arraignment meaning in Business Dictionary

legal hearing in a criminal case when the charges tend to be read out loud into called accused, in which he or she (unless insane or mute) must plead bad or not-guilty.


arraignment meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) The work of arraigning, or even the state to be arraigned; the act of phoning and establishing a prisoner before a court to resolve to an indictment or complaint.

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  • (n.) A calling to a merchant account to faults; accusation.

Sentence Examples with the word arraignment

His oration was a tremendous arraignment of war, and an impassioned appeal for freedom and for peace, and proved him an orator of the first rank.

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