Definition of verdict in US English:

verdict

noun

  • 1A decision on a disputed issue in a civil or criminal case or an inquest.

    ‘the jury returned a verdict of ‘not guilty.’’
    • ‘Yesterday the jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts after nearly seven hours of deliberation over two days.’
    • ‘He told them that their verdicts on all charges would have to be unanimous.’
    • ‘Wiltshire's deputy coroner William Bache delivered a verdict of accidental death.’
    • ‘The motion for a directed verdict of acquittal on count two is dismissed.’
    • ‘The California court held that peer review evidence was inadmissible and upheld a jury verdict for the defendant.’
    • ‘However, he said that the body fully accepted the coroner's verdict.’
    • ‘His statement comes five days before Libya's Supreme Court gives a final verdict on the appeal of the trial.’
    • ‘His trial ended on June 21 with a jury verdict of manslaughter.’
    • ‘A jury in the Supreme Court in Hobart reached its majority verdicts after deliberating for about three hours.’
    • ‘Coroner Dr Roy Palmer recorded an accidental death verdict at the inquest on March 17.’
    • ‘He refuses even though he and his friends believe the court's verdict unjust.’
    • ‘In my view, a directed verdict of acquittal is clear-cut in these circumstances.’
    • ‘Calvi's widow Clara and son Carlo disputed the initial suicide verdict given by London City police.’
    • ‘Moreover the verdicts in the remaining cases are likely to follow a similar pattern.’
    • ‘Hearing the evidence, Mr Brooks delivered a verdict of accidental death.’
    • ‘The final verdicts in these cases will be delivered by the bureau very soon.’
    • ‘The defence moves for a directed verdict of acquittal on count two.’
    • ‘The jury deliberated for more than 13 hours to reach a majority verdict.’
    • ‘But a High Court judge has indicated he will overturn the unlawful killing verdict.’
    • ‘In our view, the use of handcuffs does not render the verdict unsafe.’
    judgement, adjudication, adjudgement, decision, finding, ruling, resolution, pronouncement, decree, order, settlement, result, conclusion, opinion, prognosis, conviction, assumption, presumption
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    1. 1.1 An opinion or judgment.
      ‘I'm anxious to know your verdict on me’
      • ‘Much of the verdict is now left up to the public, with the sale of tickets acting much like a ballot box.’
      • ‘Each competitor had to sing two numbers before the judges made their verdict.’
      • ‘The opinion poll will reveal the public's verdict on what level of council tax should be set for next year.’
      • ‘The gathering broke up and everyone said the verdict was a foregone conclusion.’
      • ‘Naturally you would prefer a verdict in your favour, but it is better than losing, is it not?’
      • ‘Well, the public has spoken and given a clear verdict in the cat naming poll.’

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French verdit, from Old French veir ‘true’ (from Latin verus) + dit (from Latin dictum ‘saying’).

Pronunciation

verdict

/ˈvərdɪkt//ˈvərdikt/