Definition of special verdict in English:

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special verdict

noun

Law
1A verdict that requires an answer to a specific detailed question.
Example sentences
  • No application was made to the trial judge for a special verdict.
1.1A verdict that an accused is not guilty by reason of insanity.
Example sentences
  • The acquittal will take the form of the special verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity resulting in committal to a mental hospital.
  • The jury were asked to render a special verdict.
  • I have been asked several times whether I am in favour of a special verdict.

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Syllabification: spe·cial ver·dict

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