verdict

noun
ver·​dict | \ ˈvər-(ˌ)dikt How to pronounce verdict (audio) \

Definition of verdict

1 : the finding or decision of a jury on the matter submitted to it in trial

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Examples of verdict in a Sentence

The verdict was not guilty. The jury reached a guilty verdict. Do you want my verdict on the meal? The critic's verdict about the show was positive.
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The announcement also comes exactly one year after the verdict in Germany’s highest-profile neo-Nazi murder trial. Washington Post, "Germany to step up surveillance of far-right ‘Identitarians’," 11 July 2019 The boy’s mother, Latoya Coner, filed a lawsuit in February 2017 in U.S. District Court against the officer, and jurors returned the verdict Tuesday, attorney Latoya A. Francis-Williams said. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Jury orders former Baltimore cop who beat handcuffed, hospitalized 14-year-old to pay $100,000, lawyer says," 10 July 2019 The judge presiding over the trial is tasked with rendering the verdict. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prosecutor: Teen lost control in street race, fatally struck classmate near San Marcos campus," 10 July 2019 The jury delivered the verdict June 24 after two hours of deliberations following a weeklong trial before U.S. District Judge Michael M. Anello. Ramona Sentinel, "Ramona man faces prison term for 2017 heroin sale," 10 July 2019 In the summer of 2011, as the trial of gambling magnate Milton McGregor dragged on, Punky was prescient in her poetry before the not-guilty verdict. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al.com, "Meet the New York Times of rhymes," 10 July 2019 Sroufe, who apparently does not know the meaning of the word quit, once again asked the judge to set aside the verdict. Jack Greiner, Cincinnati.com, "Strictly Legal: Bizarre ruling in Virginia," 9 July 2019 After serving about a decade in prison, Temple was released when an appeals court reversed the verdict because of prosecutorial misconduct in the first trial. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "David Temple 'shocked and dismayed' at wife's slaying, neighbor testifies," 9 July 2019 Carter began serving her sentence following the verdict from the state's highest court. Anchorage Daily News, "Woman who urged boyfriend to kill himself asks Supreme Court to call it free speech," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of verdict

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for verdict

Middle English verdit, verdict, borrowed from Anglo-French veirdit "announcement, finding, judicial decision," from veir "true" (going back to Latin vērus) + dit "statement, judgment" (going back to Latin dictum), after Medieval Latin vērumdictum, vēredictum — more at very entry 2, dictum

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verdict

noun

English Language Learners Definition of verdict

law : the decision made by a jury in a trial
: a judgment or opinion about something

verdict

noun
ver·​dict | \ ˈvər-dikt How to pronounce verdict (audio) \

Kids Definition of verdict

1 : the decision reached by a jury
2 : judgment sense 2, opinion What's your verdict on his proposal?

verdict

noun
ver·​dict | \ ˈvər-dikt How to pronounce verdict (audio) \

Legal Definition of verdict

1 : the usually unanimous finding or decision of a jury on one or more matters (as counts of an indictment or complaint) submitted to it in trial that ordinarily in civil actions is for the plaintiff or for the defendant and in criminal actions is guilty or not guilty — compare judgment sense 1a
compromise verdict
: a verdict produced not by sincere unanimous agreement on guilt or liability but by an improper surrender of individual convictions specifically : an impermissible verdict by a jury that is unable to agree on liability and so compromises on an award of damages that is less than what it should be if the plaintiff has a right of recovery free from any doubts
directed verdict
1 : a verdict granted by the court when the party with the burden of proof has failed to present sufficient evidence of a genuine issue of material fact that must be submitted to a jury for its resolution : judgment as a matter of law at judgment 1a the order of the court granting a motion for a directed verdict is effective without any assent of the juryMassachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 50(a) — see also judgment notwithstanding the verdict at judgment sense 1a

Note: Under Rule 50 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, judgment as a matter of law has replaced directed verdict in federal practice.

2 : a verdict of acquittal ordered by the court on the ground that the evidence is not sufficient to support a conviction when viewed in the light most favorable to the prosecution : judgment of acquittal at judgment 1a

Note: Under Rule 29 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the term judgment of acquittal has replaced directed verdict in federal practice.

directed verdict of acquittal
: directed verdict in this entry
excessive verdict
: a verdict that awards damages grossly disproportionate to injury and shocks the court's sense of justice and that may be remedied by a lessening of damages or a new trial — see also remittitur
general verdict
: a verdict that is either for the plaintiff or for the defendant and is often returned with answers to interrogatories on questions of fact where there exists a conflict between the general verdict and the interrogatories, the trial court may determine that the answers to the interrogatories prevailBerk v. Matthews, 559 N.E.2d 1301 (1990) — see also interrogatory, special interrogatory — compare special verdict in this entry
instructed verdict
: directed verdict in this entry
partial verdict
1 : a verdict in which a jury does not find all of the defendants in a trial to be guilty
2a : a verdict that finds a defendant guilty on some counts and not guilty on others
b : a verdict in which a jury is unable to reach or has not yet reached agreement on all of the offenses under consideration

Note: The acceptance of partial verdicts before a jury is finished with deliberations may interfere with the deliberative process; having a jury achieve unanimity on a higher charge first discourages compromise verdicts on lesser included offenses. In some jurisdictions it has been considered proper to afford the jury the opportunity to render a partial verdict of acquittal on a higher charge to avoid declaring a mistrial because of a hopeless deadlock only on a lesser included offense; such a verdict would prevent double jeopardy on the higher charge.

quotient verdict \ ˈkwō-​shənt-​ \
: a usually impermissible verdict that is based on a numerical average of the amounts written down by jurors (as percentages of fault in a comparative negligence case) specifically : a verdict that awards damages based on the average of the sums written down by the jurors under an agreement that all will be bound by the average figure quotient verdicts are invalid and constitute grounds for a mistrial Faverty v. McDonald's Restaurants of Oregon, Inc., 892 P.2d 703 (1995)
repugnant verdict
: an impermissible verdict that contradicts itself since the defendant is convicted and acquitted of different crimes having identical elements in the same transaction used chiefly in New York
responsive verdict \ ri-​ˈspän-​siv-​ \
: a verdict that responds to the indictment and accords with statutorily prescribed findings for a particular charge that include guilty, not guilty, and guilty of a prescribed lesser included offense used in Louisiana

Note: A responsive verdict of guilty on a lesser included offense must be supported by the evidence.

special verdict
: a verdict that consists of specific findings of fact (as of liability) in response to interrogatories, that often includes determinations of damages, and that is used by the court in the formation of a judgment — compare general verdict in this entry
2 : an amount awarded in a verdict reduced the verdict

History and Etymology for verdict

alteration (partly conformed to Medieval Latin veredictum) of Anglo-French veirdit statement, finding, verdict, from Old French veir true (from Latin verus) + dit saying, from Latin dictum

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