- The definition of a verdict is a decision, opinion or a judgment, especially on a disputed issue.
- An example of verdict is when you pass judgment on the dinner your friend made.
- An example of a verdict is when a judge or jury pronounces someone guilty or not guilty.
- Law the formal finding of a judge or jury on a matter submitted to them in a trial
- any decision or judgment
Origin of verdictMiddle English verdit ; from Anglo-French ; from Medieval Latin veredictum, true saying, verdict ; from Classical Latin vere, truly + dictum, a thing said: see very and amp; dictum
- Law The decision of the jury after the trial of a case.
- An expressed conclusion; a judgment or opinion: the verdict of history.
Origin of verdictMiddle English verdit, from Anglo-Norman : ver, true (from Latin vērus; see wēr&schwa;-o- in Indo-European roots) + dit, speech (from Latin dictum, from neuter past participle of dīcere, to say; see deik- in Indo-European roots).
- (law) A decision on an issue of fact in a civil or criminal case or an inquest.
- An opinion or judgement.
verdict - Legal Definition
The conclusion of a jury, or of a judge in a non-jury case, of what the facts are or were. A verdict, being a finding of fact, is different from a judgment or a judicial decision. The trial court may choose to accept or to disregard the verdict in determining judgment.compromise verdict
A verdict achieved by some juror giving in on one of his or her misgivings in exchange for another juror’s doing the same, in order to avoid a deadlock or extended period of deliberation. Such an exchange, although considered improper, happens often.general verdict
A verdict that simply declares which side wins, without finding any special facts to be true.partial verdict
A verdict in a criminal case that finds the defendant guilty of some charges but innocent of others.quotient verdict
An improper verdict in a damage case, whereby the jurors find the arithmetic mean of what they think are appropriate damages; that is, the total of what each juror believes should be awarded, divided by the number of jurors to arrive at the amount of the award.special verdict
A jury verdict that sets forth findings on the merits of each factual issue posed by the court, then used by the court in applying the law to the facts that were found to have merit. When applied in a criminal case, where the judge directs the jury to render special verdicts on specific charges in a case, such action has been declared to be unconstitutional, as the defendant is entitled to a general verdict.