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remand Line breaks: re¦mand
Pronunciation: /rɪˈmɑːnd/

Definition of remand in English:


[with object]
1Place (a defendant) on bail or in custody, especially when a trial is adjourned: he was remanded in custody for a week
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  • Both the accused were then remanded in custody pending an appeal hearing.
  • Both accused were then remanded in custody pending an appeal hearing against the decision of the magistrates.
  • The men were all remanded on conditional bail until December 10 when they are due to be sentenced.
1.1Return (a case) to a lower court for reconsideration.
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  • The jury voted to remand the case to the Grand Jury, which on 2 November, voted to indict for first-degree murder.
  • The 2nd Circuit appeals court vacated the decision and remanded the case.
  • But the Court of Appeals rejected the settlement and remanded the case to the District Court that had approved it for further consideration.


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A committal to custody: the prosecutor applied for a remand to allow forensic evidence to be investigated [as modifier]: a remand home
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  • It gives magistrates a robust alternative to custodial sentences and remands for young hardcore repeat offenders by ensuring they are not just punished but also made to take responsibility for their actions.
  • The failure to direct the jury as to the special need for caution in relation to the evidence of the remand prisoners.
  • It is said that this is only ‘so far as they are capable of application’ and that in Victoria this provision of the Act is not capable of other application for want of a remand facility.


Late Middle English (as a verb in the sense 'send back again'): from late Latin remandare, from re- 'back' + mandare 'commit'. The noun dates from the late 18th century.

  • commando from early 19th century:

    In early use commando was a word for an armed unit of Boer horsemen in South Africa. During the Second World War the name was adopted to describe troops specially trained to repel the threatened German invasion of England. The word came into English from Portuguese, but is based on Latin commandare ‘to command’ from com- (giving emphasis) and mandare ‘commit, command, entrust’. To go commando is to wear no underpants, said to be common among commandos. This curious phrase dates back to the 1980s and probably originated as American college slang, although it was popularized by its use in an episode of the 1990s TV comedy Friends. Also from South Africa and the same period is commandeer from Afrikaans. Command itself came into use in Middle English, taken from the Latin via French. From the same root come remand (Late Middle English) ‘command back’; commend (Middle English), formed in the same way as command, but with the sense ‘entrust’ and recommend (Late Middle English); and demand (Middle English) ‘command formally’.


on remand

In custody pending trial: most of the prisoners are on remand and awaiting trial
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  • He was returned to nearby Woodhill prison, where he is being held on remand pending trial, in a prison van.
  • Detention pursuant to mental health legislation comes readily to mind, as does imprisonment on remand pending trial.
  • Both accused come from Bocage and are currently on remand at Bordelais awaiting trial.

Words that rhyme with remand

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