Definition of verdict in English:
- 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.
- 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').
After the Norman Conquest, French became the language of the law in England and many French legal terms made their way into English. Verdict came immediately from French, but goes back to Latin verus ‘true’, source also of verify (Middle English), veritable (Late Middle English), and very (Middle English), and dicere ‘to say’, from which addict (mid 16th century) originally ‘assigned by decree’ and so bound to something; condition (Middle English) speaking with, agreement; contradiction (Late Middle English) ‘speaking against’; dictate (early 17th century); predict (late 16th century) ‘speaking in advance’; and numerous other words derive.
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