impeachment

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From Old French empechement. See impeach +‎ -ment.

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impeachment (plural impeachments)

  1. The act of impeaching a public official, either elected or appointed, before a tribunal charged with determining the facts of the matter
  2. the state of being impeached
  3. a demonstration in a court of law, or before another finder of fact, that a witness was ingenuine before, and therefore, is less likely to tell the truth now
  4. (obsolete) Hindrance; impediment; obstruction.
    • Shakespeare
      Willing to march on to Calais, / Without impeachment.

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