re·​tri·​al (ˌ)rē-ˈtrī(-ə)l How to pronounce retrial (audio)
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of retrial was in 1779

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Cite this Entry

“Retrial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


re·​tri·​al (ˈ)rē-ˈtrī(-ə)l How to pronounce retrial (audio)
: a second trial, experiment, or test

Legal Definition


: 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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