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From Old French empechement. See impeach +‎ -ment.


impeachment (countable and uncountable, 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. (archaic) Hindrance; impediment; obstruction.
    • c. 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act III, Scene 6, [1]
      [] tell thy king I do not seek him now; / But could be willing to march on to Calais, / Without impeachment:
    • 1737, Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, translated by William Whiston, Book 9, Chapter 8, [2]
      Now Hazael, king of Syria, fought against the Israelites and their king Jehu, and spoiled the eastern parts of the country beyond Jordan [] and this without impeachment from Jehu, who made no haste to defend the country when it was under this distress
    • 1952, C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Collins, 1998, Chapter 12,
      " [] And here is as great an adventure as ever I heard of, and here, if we turn back, no little impeachment of all our honors."

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impeachment m (plural impeachments)

  1. impeachment