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From Middle English remaunden (to send back), from Middle French remander (to send back), from Late Latin remandare (to send backward), from Latin remandare (to order).



remand (uncountable)

  1. The act of sending an accused person back into custody whilst awaiting trial.
    • 2007, Andrew Ewang Sone, Readings in the Cameroon Criminal Procedure Code, p. 139:
      As earlier stated, remand in custody under the new Code is an exceptional measure.
  2. The act of an appellate court sending a matter back to a lower court for review or disposal.
    • 2010, Steven Baicker-McKee, ‎John B. Corr, A Student's Guide to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, p. 102:
      If remand is based on a failure of federal subject matter jurisdiction or a shortcoming in the process of removal, the remand becomes effective even earlier...



remand (third-person singular simple present remands, present participle remanding, simple past and past participle remanded)

  1. To send a prisoner back to custody.[1]
  2. To send a case back to a lower court for further consideration.
  3. (obsolete) To send back.
    • South
      Remand it to its former place.

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  1. ^ A modern legal definition includes the possibility of bail being granted, so in the United Kingdom at least, this does not necessarily imply custody: “Bail Act 1976”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1],, accessed 2010-04-02