Definition of verdict in English:


Line breaks: ver|dict
Pronunciation: /ˈvəːdɪkt


1A decision on an issue of fact in a civil or criminal case or an inquest: the jury returned a verdict of not guilty
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  • Yesterday the jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts after nearly seven hours of deliberation over two days.
  • Coroner Dr Roy Palmer recorded an accidental death verdict at the inquest on March 17.
  • The California court held that peer review evidence was inadmissible and upheld a jury verdict for the defendant.
judgement, adjudication, adjudgement, decision, finding, ruling, resolution, pronouncement, decree, order, settlement, result, conclusion, opinion, prognosis, conviction, assumption, presumption;
sentence, punishment;
North American resolve;
Law determination
1.1An opinion or judgement: this seems a fair verdict on the tabloids
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  • 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.


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

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