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[mis-trahy-uh l, -trahyl] /mɪsˈtraɪ əl, -ˈtraɪl/
noun, Law.
a trial terminated without conclusion on the merits of the case because of some error in the proceedings.
an inconclusive trial, as where the jury cannot agree.
Origin of mistrial
First recorded in 1620-30; mis-1 + trial Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I want you to withdraw a juror in this case and consent to a mistrial.

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  • mistrial made few pretensions to the virtues which you and I possess.

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  • He was a feeble child; yet such, mistrial understood, had Methusaleh been.

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  • During the journey from his home mistrial had contemplated that text.

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  • This effort on her part mistrial hindered to the best of his ability.

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British Dictionary definitions for mistrial


a trial made void because of some error, such as a defect in procedure
(in the US) an inconclusive trial, as when a jury cannot agree on a verdict
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Word Origin and History for mistrial

1620s; see mis- (1) + trial (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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