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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. 2017.
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  • As mistrial spoke he imitated the discretion of his enemy; he looked down and away.

    The Pace That Kills Edgar Saltus
  • This effort on her part mistrial hindered to the best of his ability.

    The Pace That Kills Edgar Saltus
  • mistrial had served his novitiate where the pochard is rare.

    The Pace That Kills Edgar Saltus
  • As mistrial spoke he gazed at her inquisitorially with shrewd, perplexing eyes.

    The Pace That Kills Edgar Saltus
  • I want you to withdraw a juror in this case and consent to a mistrial.

    The Case and Exceptions Frederick Trevor Hill
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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