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open verdict Syllabification: o·pen ver·dict
Pronunciation: /ˈˌōpən ˈvərˌdikt/

Definition of open verdict in English:


A verdict of a coroner’s jury affirming the occurrence of a suspicious death but not specifying the cause.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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 following the death of an elderly woman at the Great Western Hospital in September last year.
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