re·​tri·​al | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈtrī(-ə)l How to pronounce retrial (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The retrial was heard by Kennelly, who is the third judge to review the case. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Former Portage Mayor James Snyder found guilty in retrial on soliciting bribes charge," 19 Mar. 2021 Fachin ordered a retrial in the Federal Court of Brasilia. Henry Hullah, CNN, "Exclusive: Former Brazilian leader Lula leaves door open for return as he slams leaders' pandemic response," 18 Mar. 2021 But on March 12, on the eve of his retrial after the first ended in a hung jury, Simmons pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of wrongful use of a unique health identifier. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Whistleblower came forward to report fraud and then was indicted," 22 Mar. 2021 In his fight for a retrial, Jackson is joined by a coalition that is beginning to form around the issue. oregonlive, "Nonunanimous juries — recently ruled unconstitutional — convicted hundreds sitting in Oregon prisons. Now, they want a fair trial.," 18 Mar. 2021 He was acquitted of the charges in his retrial in December 2018. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "Ex-jailer, nurse, inmate charged in Bexar County jail smuggling scheme," 15 Mar. 2021 The retrial for former Portage Mayor James Snyder, facing a soliciting bribes charge, begins Monday with jury selection. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Former Portage Mayor James Snyder’s retrial set to start Monday," 5 Mar. 2021 The judge declared a mistrial and Sidney Moorer was eventually scheduled for a retrial at a later date. Amanda Karrh, ABC News, "South Carolina love triangle: A woman's affair with a married man leads to her disappearance," 5 Mar. 2021 Through tears, the victims' mother, Naomi Vaughn, urged for a retrial during the hearing for Nixon's release Thursday, citing conversations with friends pinning Nixon to the scene and her son's credibility. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit man freed from life sentence after investigation shows trial was unfair," 18 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of retrial

1779, in the meaning defined above

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7 Apr 2021

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“Retrial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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- How to pronounce retrial (audio) \

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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