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verdict

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noun ver·dict \ˈvər-(ˌ)dikt\

Simple Definition of verdict

  • law : the decision made by a jury in a trial

  • : a judgment or opinion about something

Full Definition of verdict

  1. 1 :  the finding or decision of a jury on the matter submitted to it in trial

  2. 2 :  opinion, judgment

Examples of verdict

  1. The verdict was not guilty.

  2. The jury reached a guilty verdict.

  3. Do you want my verdict on the meal?

  4. The critic's verdict about the show was positive.



Origin of verdict

Middle English verdit, verdict, from Anglo-French veirdit, from veir true (from Latin verus) + dit saying, dictum, from Latin dictum — more at very


First Known Use: 15th century



VERDICT Defined for Kids

verdict

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noun ver·dict \ˈvər-dikt\

Definition of verdict

  1. 1 :  the decision reached by a jury

  2. 2 :  judgment 2, opinion <What's your verdict on his proposal?>



Word Root of verdict

The Latin word vērus, meaning “true,” gives us the root ver. Words from the Latin vērus have something to do with the truth. To verify is to prove that something is true. A verdict is the judgment of truth that a jury reaches in a court. Very is another way of saying “truly,” as in “very good.”



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