miscarriage of justice


: an outcome in a judicial proceeding that is unjust
especially : an error made in a court of law that results in an innocent person being punished or a guilty person being free
His conviction was a miscarriage of justice.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web After more than two decades of helping the wrongly convicted, San Diego attorney Justin Brooks knows that a miscarriage of justice could happen to anyone. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of miscarriage of justice was in 1800

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“Miscarriage of justice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscarriage%20of%20justice. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Legal Definition

miscarriage of justice

mis·​car·​riage of justice
ˌmis-ˈkar-ij-, ˈmis-ˌkar-
: an error at trial that probably led to a less favorable outcome for the appealing party
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