Definition of accused in English:



  • [treated as singular or plural] A person or group of people who are charged with or on trial for a crime.

    ‘the accused was ordered to stand trial on a number of charges’
    ‘two of the accused were sentenced to thirteen years in prison’
    • ‘This was the second time she was required to take the stand in full view of the accused.’
    • ‘It is a matter of urgency for us that the accused are released and all charges are dropped.’
    • ‘This is all proceeding on the assumption that the accused was there on the night of the burglary.’
    • ‘He used a combination of intimidation and hearsay evidence to browbeat the accused.’
    • ‘Throughout detectives have been struck by the lack of remorse shown by the accused.’
    • ‘These are not cases where the accused has caused death while in an involuntary state.’
    • ‘I was repeatedly forced to waive my rights in order to be treated like any other accused.’
    • ‘The young boy was then punched to the floor and kicked in the face and stomach by the accused.’
    • ‘Two of the four accused were dismissed early in the trial after the judge found her to be unreliable.’
    • ‘The accused then told the victim he would kill her if she didn't do what he told her to do.’
    • ‘Of course, everybody knew that the deed with which the accused was charged had been done.’
    • ‘In most cases, it is probably only the age and sex of the accused that are capable of being relevant.’
    • ‘There can be no trial at all unless the accused is fit both to plead and to stand trial.’
    • ‘Being present at the hearing of one's case is often of crucial importance to the accused.’
    • ‘A defence expert may be viewed by the jury as hired to say something that would help the accused.’
    • ‘Since the judges never met the accused, the evidence was unlikely to be challenged.’
    • ‘It also has to be clear that the accused has been told of the evidence against him so that if he has an alibi he can use it.’
    • ‘Immediately after the robbery the accused had left his home and could not be found by the police.’
    • ‘That required fairness to the accused but also to the prosecution and those involved in it.’
    • ‘Many of the collateral rules relating to the defence are favourable to the accused.’
    litigator, opponent in law, opponent, contestant, contender, disputant, plaintiff, claimant, complainant, petitioner, appellant, respondent, party, interest, defendant, accused
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