split decision


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

Examples of split decision in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trump faces four possible verdicts: guilty on all counts, a split decision, a hung jury or acquittal. Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2024 Usyk defeated Fury by split decision late on Saturday night, knocking down his opponent in the ninth round, before eventually earning a narrow win on two scorecards. Robbie Griffiths, NPR, 19 May 2024 Du Plessis won the title via a controversial split decision over Sean Strickland in January. Brian Mazique, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 The Los Gatos Town Council on Tuesday voted in a split decision to rescind elements of the 2040 General Plan instead of putting the matter on the November ballot. Isha Trivedi, The Mercury News, 3 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for split decision 

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of split decision was in 1952

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“Split decision.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/split%20decision. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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