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open verdict

a finding by a coroner's jury of death without stating the cause
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  • In these circumstances he suggested that the jury should return an open verdict.

  • "An open verdict," said the coroner, with a curious inflection of voice.

  • An open verdict was returned at the inquests which were held.

    The Argosy Various
  • He is clearly of the opinion that the open verdict was a merciful one.

    The Great Prince Shan

    E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • And so instead of a verdict of death by misadventure, which would have been the right one, it was an open verdict.'

    Vera Elisabeth von Arnim
  • Poor Grimjaw could give no witness at the inquest, however; so the jury returned an open verdict.

  • Such an accusation, however, remained perforce under an open verdict.

  • A coroners inquest sat upon the body of the deceased, and returned an open verdict of Found drowned.

  • The Adams inquiry ended in what must necessarily be called an open verdict.

    Hurricane Island

    H. B. Marriott Watson
  • I gather that you disagreed very strongly with the open verdict which was returned at the inquest upon your uncle?

    The Great Prince Shan

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

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