Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A written accusation of crime; an accuser’s consent to suffer the penalty prescribed for the crime he charges against the accused, in case of the latter’s acquittal.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Lat. In the civil law. A written accusation in which the accuser undertakes to suffer the punishment appropriate to the offense charged, if the accused Is able to clear himself of the accusation. Calvin ; Cod. 9, 1, 10; Id. 9, 2, 16, 17.