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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of verdict

Historical Examples of verdict

  • Didn't beat—what the hell—didn't the Chestnut get the verdict?


    W. A. Fraser

  • With the insight of a kindred temperament he pronounced his verdict.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • “Nobody in this room could hope to escape,” was the verdict of that survey.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • The verdict of posterity in his case may be safely anticipated.

  • Only this morning you were my supreme court of justice; there was no appeal from your verdict.

British Dictionary definitions for verdict



the findings of a jury on the issues of fact submitted to it for examination and trial; judgment
any decision, judgment, or conclusion

Word Origin for verdict

C13: from Medieval Latin vērdictum, from Latin vērē dictum truly spoken, from vērus true + dīcere to say
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Word Origin and History for verdict

1530s, from Middle English verdit (c.1300), "a jury's decision in a case," from Anglo-French verdit (Old French voirdit), from ver, veir "true" (see very) + dit, past participle of dire "to say" (see diction). Spelling influenced by Medieval Latin verdictum.

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