split decision

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Definition of split decision 

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

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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 The Supreme Court has attempted to decide what that phrase means in three separate cases, the most recent of which — Rapanos v. United States in 2006 — ended in an infamous 4-1-4 split decision. Ariel Wittenberg, Science | AAAS, "Obama’s wetlands protection rule put ‘too much emphasis’ on science, Trump officials argue," 5 July 2018 Though a victory for Apple, the sum is something of a split decision. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Samsung ordered to pay Apple $539 million in damages in longstanding patent disputed," 24 May 2018 The meeting was scrapped after the appeals court sided with Florida in a split decision. Gary Fineout, The Christian Science Monitor, "Federal court blocks overhaul of Florida system restoring voting rights," 26 Apr. 2018 Evans won the title on Showtime with a split decision over Luis Rosa. Branson Wright, cleveland.com, "Errol Spence wants Keith Thurman next: Boxing Report 2018 (photos)," 24 Jan. 2018

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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