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special verdict

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n special verdict a verdict rendered on certain specific factual issues posed by the court without finding for one party or the other
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Special verdict (Law) a special finding of the facts of the case, leaving to the court the application of the law to them.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Special verdict a verdict in which specific facts are found and put on the record
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. verdit—Low L. veredictum—L. vere, truly, dictum, a saying.

Usage

In literature:

They are sometimes induced to find special verdicts, which refer the main question to the decision of the court.
"The Federalist Papers" by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
So she, of all the girls now, was awaiting the verdict with special anxiety.
"The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch" by Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
This appears in the special verdict.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
The special jury found a verdict for the defendant, and confirmed his right of feeding 500 sheep at six score to the hundred.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie
A verdict was then taken for the plaintiffs, subject to a special case.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 2" by Charles Mackie
There is no special verdict and no question reserved.
"Trial of the Officers and Crew of the Privateer Savannah, on the Charge of Piracy, in the United States Circuit Court for the Southern District of New York" by A. F. Warburton
Should they, then, bring one of the special verdicts on to be argued in Westminster Hall and abide by the judicial decision?
"The History of the Post Office" by Herbert Joyce
Special wires conveyed the Derby result and the verdict of the Pemberton-Billing case.
"The Challenge of the Dead" by Stephen Graham
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In news:

Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the forthcoming verdict from the war crimes tribunal.
"In this age of global media, today's verdict will reach warlords and commanders across the world and serve as a strong deterrent," the U.N.'s special representative for children and armed conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, said in a statement.
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In science:

These criteria will match in their verdicts for any disc in a non-relativistic spacetime, or in the Minkowski spacetime of special relativity.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
However, we use conditions only to express test verdicts and handle them formally in a special way.
Formal Test Purposes and The Validity of Test Cases
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