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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Recent Examples on the Web With the verdict on the Optimism Factor left very much in the air. HOWEVUH. . . Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: The Bengals have our attention. Here's my prediction for Sunday.," 8 Oct. 2020 That was the verdict of a 1967 paper, which followed years of excavations and aerial surveys in the area. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists with drones discover pre-Columbian earthworks in Kansas," 11 Sep. 2020 For some weeks after the verdict, Whelan remained in Lefortovo rather than being transferred to a long-term prison, a sign that the Russian authorities presumed he would be gone before long. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "The American Prisoner in Russia Trapped Between Putin and Trump," 4 Sep. 2020 If Perrone won his case at trial, there could have been a hefty jury verdict to pay out, plus Perrone's attorney fees. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Suspended priest wins $125K from cop for defamation: She framed me," 18 Aug. 2020 In January, a Multnomah County civil jury awarded that former student, now in her early 20s, $3 million -- and in after-verdict negotiations, the case later settled for that same amount, according to the Kafourys. oregonlive, "Former Gresham-Barlow student sues district for $3 million, says principal molested him in elementary school office," 18 Aug. 2020 After three-and-a-half hours of deliberations, there was a verdict. CBS News, "Patrick Frazee sentenced: Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth gets justice a year after Thanksgiving Day killing," 1 Aug. 2020 People ready to protest the verdict, people poised to celebrate it. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: If the Reds did the small things yesterday, they could clinch today," 1 Oct. 2020 Screams echoed through the courtroom when the court clerk read the verdict. oregonlive, "‘Sex slave’ murder case rocked Portland 65 years ago: Car bombing led to ‘8 months of hell’ for suspect Marjorie Smith," 1 Oct. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/verdict. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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verdict

noun
How to pronounce verdict (audio)

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 mistrialFaverty 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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