Definition of open verdict in English:

open verdict

noun

Law
  • A verdict of a coroner's jury affirming the occurrence of a suspicious death but not specifying the cause.

    • ‘The coroner has ruled an open verdict on the death of a woman who fell out of a second-storey window of a Blackpool residential home.’
    • ‘A north Derbyshire coroner has recorded an open verdict into the death of a mother of twins who walked off an acute psychiatric ward and was later found drowned.’
    • ‘A coroner has recorded an open verdict on the death of a 26-stone Tewkesbury man whose wife fears that chemicals at his workplace triggered his demise.’
    • ‘In October, a coroner recorded an open verdict on her death.’
    • ‘A coroner has recorded an open verdict following the death of an elderly woman at the Great Western Hospital in September last year.’

Pronunciation

open verdict

/ˈˌōpən ˈvərˌdikt//ˈˌoʊpən ˈvərˌdɪkt/