split decision

noun

Definition of split decision 

: a decision in a boxing match reflecting a division of opinion among the referee and judges

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In a split decision earlier this year, the state Supreme Court upheld the conviction and sentence after debate that centered on whether Schierman’s rights to a public trial were violated. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "List of inmates whose sentences are changed from death row to life in prison," 12 Oct. 2018 In a split decision on Thursday, ICC judges said the court did have jurisdiction over investigating the Rohingya violence because some of the crimes—deportation of civilians—took place in Bangladesh, a party to the court. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "ICC Says It Can Investigate Myanmar’s Violence Against Muslim Minority," 6 Sep. 2018 The most recent damages award was considered a victory for Apple, but something of a split decision. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Finally over: Samsung and Apple settle longstanding patent dispute," 27 June 2018 As the City Council stands, Morrison’s vote oftentimes is influential, particularly in split decisions that end in a 3-2 vote. David Hernandez, sandiegouniontribune.com, "National City voters deny mayor chance to seek re-election, results show," 7 June 2018 Fighting in Machida's hometown of Belem, Brazil, Anders dropped a split decision in a five-round middleweight bout. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Eryk Anders' UFC middleweight fight ends in split decision," 3 Feb. 2018 Benavidez, raised in Phoenix, claimed a unanimous-decision victory over Ronald Gavril in February after edging him by split decision last year. Lance Pugmire, latimes.com, "David Benavidez returns Top Rank signing bonus, remains with Lewkowicz, Haymon," 11 June 2018 Failing that, with a split decision and a vigorous dissent, the case may be ripe for being reviewed by the state Supreme Court, said Valerie McGinty. Greg Moran, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Appeals court ruling could affect DA-driven consumer lawsuits," 6 July 2018 But the company asked the Supreme Court to review a split decision issued last year by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Washington Post, "U.S. high court to take up issue of whether Virginia can ban a uranium mine," 21 May 2018

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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