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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A trial that is invalid because of an error in procedure

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A false or erroneous trial; a trial which has no result; a trial which comes to no conclusion, such as a criminal trial which does not produce a unanimous verdict of the jurors.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law: A trial the result of which is vitiated by errors, as by disqualification in a juror or in the judge.
  • n. More loosely, an inconclusive trial; a trial that fails to issue in a decision, as where the jury cannot agree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a trial that is invalid or inconclusive

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