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Word of the day for February 6
impeachment n
  1. (countable) The act of calling into question or challenging the accuracy or propriety of something.
    1. (countable, law) A demonstration in a court of law, or before another finder of fact, that a witness was ingenuine before, and is therefore less likely to tell the truth now.
    2. (countable, law, Britain) An accusation that a person has committed a crime against the state, such as treason.
    3. (countable, law, chiefly US) The act of impeaching or charging a public official with misconduct, especially if serious, often with the aim of having the official dismissed from office.
  2. (uncountable) The state of being impeached.
  3. (uncountable, archaic) Hindrance; impediment; obstruction.
PointingHand.svg On this day 45 years ago in 1974, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution to formally begin impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon for his conduct in the Watergate scandal. Nixon resigned as President before the proceedings were completed.
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