- Law. the finding or answer of a jury given to the court concerning a matter submitted to their judgment.
- a judgment; decision: the verdict of the critics.
Origin of verdict
1250–1300; Middle English < Medieval Latin vērdictum, variant of vērēdictum literally, something said truly; replacing Middle English verdit < Anglo-French < Latin vērum dictum true word
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Examples from the Web for verdict
Even those who have been leading protests against the verdict have praised Donovan.Meet Dan Donovan, the Prosecutor Who Let Eric Garner’s Killer Walk
December 5, 2014
Rioting and looting ensued shortly after the verdict and racial tensions were tense across the United States for years to follow.It’s Time to Hold Protesters Accountable
December 4, 2014
His sons kissed his forehead as the judge announced the verdict.
Verdict leaves supporters cheering and opponents gnashing their teeth in frustration.
Conditions are worsening and the Rodney King verdict is certainly not the most egregious injustice in our midst.‘Why Have I Lost Control?’: Cory Booker in ’92 on Rodney King Echoes Ferguson
November 26, 2014
Didn't beat—what the hell—didn't the Chestnut get the verdict?Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
With the insight of a kindred temperament he pronounced his verdict.
“Nobody in this room could hope to escape,” was the verdict of that survey.
The verdict of posterity in his case may be safely anticipated.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Only this morning you were my supreme court of justice; there was no appeal from your verdict.The Greater Inclination
- the findings of a jury on the issues of fact submitted to it for examination and trial; judgment
- any decision, judgment, or conclusion
C13: from Medieval Latin vērdictum, from Latin vērē dictum truly spoken, from vērus true + dīcere to say
Word Origin and History for verdict
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