Definition of impeach in English:



  • 1Call into question the integrity or validity of (a practice)

    ‘there is no basis to Searle's motion to impeach the verdict’
    • ‘There was the prospect of drug tales (the defense was moving to get this chain of questions in) and gossip from the demimonde to impeach his credibility.’
    • ‘In article 9, the bill declared ‘freedom of speech and debates or proceedings in Parliament ought not to be impeached or questioned in any court or place out of Parliament’.’
    • ‘The most popular tactic is to impeach the credibility of the victim.’
    • ‘The physician's testimony might be impeached, and the report thereby discredited.’
    • ‘Opposing attorneys invariably will attempt to impeach the credibility or competence of an expert witness.’
    • ‘This privatization of communal resources can impeach the integrity of scientific research.’
    • ‘They obviously decided that they weren't going to be able to impeach my integrity, so they made the decision to leak the name of a national-security asset, who happened to be my wife.’
    challenge, question, call into question, cast doubt on, raise doubts about
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    1. 1.1British Charge with treason or another crime against the state.
      • ‘The following year parliament protested that he was exceeding his powers and 70 MPs voted to impeach him.’
      • ‘On his return, he was impeached for incompetence and his bishopric sequestrated, until 1385.’
      • ‘After an official review of his actions, he was impeached for his dissolution of 1936, which the report argued should have occurred two years previously.’
      • ‘What happened to the 21 MPs who planned to impeach him?’
      • ‘He was impeached of high treason by the Long Parliament in 1640, committed to the Tower in 1641, tried in 1644, condemned, and beheaded.’
    2. 1.2US Charge (the holder of a public office) with misconduct.
      ‘the governor served only one year before being impeached and convicted for fiscal fraud’
      • ‘It is a tenet of impeachment law that we don't impeach judges for their decisions, but rather for conduct which makes them unfit to serve.’
      • ‘The House promptly proceeded, acting in a purely partisan manner, to impeach the president, and send the matter to trial in the Senate.’
      • ‘One justice of the Supreme Court, Samuel Chase, was impeached in 1804, but was not convicted.’
      • ‘The uncovering of serious acts of judicial misconduct could end up with a recommendation to impeach a judge.’
      • ‘He should be impeached, but he won't be because the American public has no idea of what is going on.’
      • ‘In that case he could and should be impeached and removed from office, unanimously.’
      • ‘And it would impeach any judge that violated the provisions of the bill.’
      • ‘It's important to recall that when Richard Nixon resigned, he was about to be impeached by the House of Representatives for misusing the CIA and FBI.’
      • ‘In 1804, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase was impeached for denying a jury's right to judge law.’
      • ‘Under our Constitution, impeaching judges is extremely difficult.’
      • ‘While he can be impeached for abusing this power, he cannot be criminally charged for such an abuse while in office.’
      • ‘The House has impeached a dozen judges, most recently in 1989.’
      • ‘Obviously, a Republican-controlled Congress is not about to impeach its own president.’
      • ‘William Belknap, secretary of war under Ulysses Grant, was impeached by the House on bribery charges and resigned from office.’
      • ‘The Constitution requires only a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly to impeach the president.’
      • ‘Only a handful of federal judges have ever been impeached under this high standard.’
      • ‘The last and only justice to be impeached was Samuel Chase in 1805.’
      • ‘An interesting academic debate could be had about whether there are circumstances in which a judge could rightly be impeached for making lawless rulings.’
      • ‘While it is theoretically possible to impeach federal judges for the decisions they make, where would the Republicans start?’
      • ‘The president, the first Asian leader to be impeached, will be removed from office if found guilty of any of the four charges.’
      indict, charge, accuse, bring a charge against, bring a case against, lay charges against, prefer charges against, arraign, take to court, put on trial, bring to trial, prosecute
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Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘hinder, prevent’; earlier as empeche): from Old French empecher ‘impede’, from late Latin impedicare ‘catch, entangle’ (based on pedica ‘a fetter’, from pes, ped- ‘foot’). Compare with impede.