re·​tri·​al | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈtrī(-ə)l \

Definition of retrial

: a second trial, experiment, or test specifically : a second judicial trial

Examples of retrial in a Sentence

His case is coming up for retrial.

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At the retrial of Russian immigrant Igor Bitkov for using false documents, Guatemalan prosecutors refused to produce the identity card of Mr. Bitkov’s daughter, Anastasia. WSJ, "Justice Too Long Delayed for Captive Innocents," 28 Dec. 2018 Instead the court ordered a retrial, siding with prosecutors who argued for a heavier punishment by alleging the defendant was more seriously involved in drug trafficking than presented at the original trial. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Defends Canadian’s Death Sentence as Huawei Tensions Simmer," 15 Jan. 2019 If the judge grants the appeal, Sharif could be released on bail, pending his retrial. Munir Ahmed, Fox News, "From jail, Pakistan's ex-PM Sharif appeals his sentence," 16 July 2018 At his 1989 retrial, a jury acquitted him of Fahey’s murder but convicted him of O’Brien’s, and he was sentenced to life in prison. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Judge orders release of accused Chicago cop killer while he awaits new trial," 22 June 2018 Many may feel this retrial is the more fair of the two Cosby trials, given fewer limitations on what can be introduced. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Will Any Bill Cosby Conviction Withstand an Appeals Court?," 17 Apr. 2018 So do the women who are watching this retrial closely, and waiting. Christine M. Flowers,, "Weaponizing the #MeToo movement for street justice | Christine Flowers," 5 Apr. 2018 Those key differences are likely to make this retrial more difficult for the 80-year-old entertainer to win, legal experts said. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Bill Cosby is on trial again. But a lot has changed since his mistrial last year," 31 Mar. 2018 Flowers’s most recent retrial, in 2010, resulted in a verdict reached after only half an hour of juror deliberation. Aja Romano, Vox, "Curtis Flowers was tried 6 times for the same crime. Now the Supreme Court will hear his case.," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of retrial

1779, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of retrial

: a second trial in a court of law in order to make a new judgment on a case that has been judged before


re·​tri·​al | \ ˌrē-ˈtrī-əl, ˈrē-ˌtrī- \

Legal Definition of retrial

: a trial of a matter already tried

Note: A retrial is barred by double jeopardy following a mistrial for which there was no manifest necessity.

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