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.

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Typically, under Chinese law, defendants can’t receive heavier sentences in a retrial unless prosecutors present new facts of the crime and bring new charges. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Defends Canadian’s Death Sentence as Huawei Tensions Simmer," 15 Jan. 2019 Winnebago County Judge Joseph McGraw gave the order the day Patrick Pursley’s retrial was slated to start. Ivan Moreno, The Seattle Times, "Illinois police accused of planting gun in 1994 murder case," 13 Nov. 2018 But in the retrial, five women testified, including model and reality television star Janice Dickinson. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault: A look at the case," 25 Sep. 2018 Bill Cosby's retrial is currently underway in a Pennsylvania courtroom, where the comedian stands accused of drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Bill Cosby Paid a $3.38 Million Settlement to One of His Sexual Assault Accusers," 10 Apr. 2018 Cosby, 80, faces a retrial -- set to open next week in Pennsylvania state court -- on three charges of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 at his home outside Philadelphia. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Janice Dickinson to testify at Bill Cosby's retrial," 29 Mar. 2018 But many legal experts agree that the retrial of Cosby was atypical in many ways and that his coming appeal sets up tremendously important issues that will give appellate authorities plenty to contemplate. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Bill Cosby's Appeal Could Become a #MeToo Test Case," 27 Apr. 2018 The retrial is likely to last as long as a month, according to Judge O’Neill. Graham Bowley, New York Times, "Bill Cosby Returns to Court. Here’s Why His Retrial Is No Repeat.," 8 Apr. 2018 But as his second courtroom showdown against accuser Andrea Constand opens April 9, the retrial is shaping up to be no simple repeat. Jeremy Roebuck,, "Bill Cosby's retrial: Everything you need to know," 6 Apr. 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- 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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