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Definition of "mistrial" [mis•tri•al]

  • A trial that becomes invalid because of basic prejudicial error in procedure. (noun)
  • An inconclusive trial, as one in which the jurors fail to agree on a verdict. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mistrial" in a sentence
  • "And her case — declared a mistrial is now scheduled for June 15."
  • "As soon as the word mistrial was pronounced, there have been no more reports."
  • "The mistrial was a major setback for the US government, which spent a year preparing the case."