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Webster 1913 Edition


Verdict

Ver′dict

,
Noun.
[OE.
verdit
, OF.
verdit
,
veirdit
, LL.
verdictum
,
veredictum
; L.
vere
truly (fr.
verus
true) +
dictum
a saying, a word, fr.
dicere
, dictum, to say. See
Very
, and
Dictum
.]
1.
(Law)
The answer of a jury given to the court concerning any matter of fact in any cause, civil or criminal, committed to their examination and determination; the finding or decision of a jury on the matter legally submitted to them in the course of the trial of a cause.
☞ The decision of a judge or referee, upon an issue of fact, is not called a verdict, but a finding, or a finding of fact.
Abbott.
2.
Decision; judgment; opinion pronounced;
as, to be condemned by the
verdict
of the public
.
These were enormities condemned by the most natural
verdict
of common humanity.
South.
Two generations have since confirmed the
verdict
which was pronounced on that night.
Macaulay.

Webster 1828 Edition


Verdict

VER'DICT

,
Noun.
[L. verum dictum, true declaration.]
1.
The answer of a jury given to the court concerning any matter of face in any cause, civil or criminal, committed to their trial and examination. In criminal causes, the jury decide the law as well as the fact. Verdicts are general or special; general, when they decide in general terms, or in the terms of the general issue, as no wrong, no disseisin; special, when the jury find and state the facts at large, and as to the law, pray the judgment of the court.
2.
Decision; judgment; opinion pronounced; as, to be condemned by the verdict of the public.
These enormities were condemned by the verdict of common humanity.

Definition 2022


verdict

verdict

English

Noun

verdict (plural verdicts)

  1. (law) A decision on an issue of fact in a civil or criminal case or an inquest.
    a "not guilty" verdict
    • 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, Prologue:
      Such a scandal as the prosecution of a brother for forgery—with a verdict of guilty—is a most truly horrible, deplorable, fatal thing. It takes the respectability out of a family perhaps at a critical moment, when the family is just assuming the robes of respectability: [] it is a black spot which all the soaps ever advertised could never wash off.
  2. An opinion or judgement.
    a "not out" verdict of the umpire

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French

Pronunciation

Noun

verdict m (plural verdicts)

  1. verdict

Old French

Noun

verdict m (oblique plural verdicz or verdictz, nominative singular verdicz or verdictz, nominative plural verdict)

  1. Alternative form of verdit