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Topic: LAW

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Anglo-French
Origin: Old French ver 'true' + dit 'saying, judgment'


ver‧dict [countable]
1SCL an official decision made in a court of law, especially about whether someone is guilty of a crime or how a death happenedCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
consider a verdict (=think about what decision to make) reach/arrive at a verdict (=make a decision) return/deliver/record a verdict (=tell the court your decision) majority verdict (=when most of the jury agrees) unanimous verdict (=when the whole jury agrees) guilty verdict/verdict of guilty not guilty verdict/verdict of not guilty verdict of accidental death/suicide/unlawful killing etc open verdict British English (=a decision that the cause of someone's death is not known)
The jury has retired to consider its verdict.
After a week the jury had still not reached a verdict.
I never doubted that they would deliver the correct verdict.
a majority verdict of 10 to 2
The unanimous verdict was 'guilty'.
There was not enough evidence for a guilty verdict.
The Coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.
2 an official decision made by a person or group with authority:
The players anxiously awaited the verdict of the umpire.
3 someone's opinion about something:
The audience's final verdict was encouraging.
verdict on
What's your verdict on the movie?
give (somebody) your verdict (on something)
Trade unionists were quick to give their verdict on the proposals.
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