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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Despite her reservations about testifying during the sentencing retrial, Arias had actively courted the spotlight since she was arrested in 2008. Fox News, "Appeal by Jodi Arias cites 'circus-like atmosphere' at trial," 6 July 2018 The retrial for a man accused in a fatal shooting on the Northern Arizona University campus in 2015 has been rescheduled for March 5, 2019, court records show. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "NAU shooting trial of Steven Jones rescheduled for March," 13 June 2018 Christopher Lee, one of two brothers accused in a deadly home invasion in Gentilly, pleaded guilty to manslaughter Thursday (May 17), avoiding a retrial on a murder charge, according to the Orleans Parish DA's office. Laura Mcknight,, "Man pleads guilty to manslaughter, avoiding retrial in fatal Gentilly home invasion," 17 May 2018 John's mother was recently hospitalized, and a retrial will put the family through this hell again. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Prosecutors to retry Terry Thompson in Houston diner choking case," 25 June 2018 Clayton takes part in a lengthy discussion with his father, wife, and Martha and Margaret Ratliff (Peterson’s adopted daughters) about what the possibilities might be for a retrial or plea deal., "Everything The Staircase Left Out," 18 June 2018 Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos took the stand Friday in his public-corruption retrial in an unusual move meant to convince the jury his advocacy for his son wasn’t a federal crime. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Dean Skelos Testifies at His Corruption Retrial," 6 July 2018 Cosby, 80, was found guilty on all counts at his retrial on April 26. Angela Helm, The Root, "Andrea Constand Speaks: ‘I Forgave Bill Cosby for What He Did to Me’," 2 June 2018 But the Cosby retrial has served as the catalyst that has shaken us to our core. Solomon Jones,, "The rift in the black community over the Cosby verdict | Solomon Jones," 1 May 2018

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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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