[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for mistrial

/ (mɪsˈtraɪəl) /


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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