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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She was added to the retrial after rejoining the district attorney’s office. Colleen Long,, "Longtime prosecutor takes over Weinstein case in NYC," 27 Apr. 2018 The Justice Department decided not to seek a retrial. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Sen. Bob Menendez Admonished By Senate Ethics Committee," 26 Apr. 2018 The champ fled the country while out on bail and awaiting a retrial. Phillip Morris,, "Remove the stain of Jack Johnson's conviction from history: Phillip Morris," 25 Apr. 2018 In 2014, an earlier ruling in VirnetX’s favor was thrown out by a higher court, prompting a retrial. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Ordered to Pay $502 Million in VirnetX Patent Battle Loss," 11 Apr. 2018 Although jurors will be instructed to focus only on the allegations and evidence presented in the courtroom, the shadow of the #MeToo movement has loomed large over the run-up to the retrial. Jeremy Roebuck,, "Bill Cosby's retrial: Everything you need to know," 6 Apr. 2018 This action reversed a decision by prosecutors earlier this month to pursue a retrial of Menendez following the declaration of a hung-jury mistrial in November. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Feds Drop Corruption Case Against Senator Menendez," 31 Jan. 2018 He was sentenced to life in prison, but maintains his innocence. The state’s second-highest court upheld in March a decision to overturn Syed’s 2000 conviction, with the intention of sending it back to Circuit Court for a retrial. Talia Richman,, "Maryland's highest court to weigh in on Syed case," 12 July 2018 Porter was due to preside over the second retrial of Pablo Ibar, accused of a 1994 triple murder in Miramar that sent him to death row for 15 years before his conviction was overturned in 2016. Rafael Olmeda,, "Thirteen Broward judges leaving the bench in 2018," 6 July 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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