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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A trial that is rendered void and of no legal effect because of some serious procedural error or irregularity or because of the inability of the jury to reach a verdict.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Law) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun law A trial that is invalid because of an error in procedure

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

  • noun a trial that is invalid or inconclusive

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