[mis-trahy-uh l, -trahyl]

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
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Historical Examples of mistrial

  • I want you to withdraw a juror in this case and consent to a mistrial.

    The Case and Exceptions

    Frederick Trevor Hill

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

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

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

  • Mistrial had served his novitiate where the pochard is rare.

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.).

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