non·​unan·​i·​mous ˌnän-yu̇-ˈna-nə-məs How to pronounce nonunanimous (audio)
: not characterized by full agreement or unanimity : not unanimous
The case … questions whether states can permit nonunanimous juries to recommend the death penalty …Elyssa Cherney
a nonunanimous ruling

Examples of nonunanimous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Supreme Court on Monday said a previous ruling that forbids nonunanimous jury verdicts in trials for serious crimes can't be applied retroactively, a blow to criminal justice reform advocates and defense attorneys in two states where hundreds of cases have been called into question. NBC News, 17 May 2021 The state failed to track nonunanimous convictions for decades. Beth Nakamura, The Oregonian -, 24 Oct. 2022 In 2018, Louisiana voters approved a constitutional amendment prohibiting nonunanimous verdicts in trials for crimes committed after Jan. 1, 2019. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 Oct. 2022 The Oregonian ignored the discriminatory foundation of the nonunanimous system for decades. Beth Nakamura, The Oregonian -, 24 Oct. 2022 The jury’s split decision was enough to convict Sjogren in 2019, but the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Oregon’s nonunanimous jury system in its 2020 Ramos v. Louisiana ruling. oregonlive, 21 July 2021 Its three liberals were in the majority in nearly half of its nonunanimous decisions. David Cole, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonunanimous was in 1838

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“Nonunanimous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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