Definitions

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

  • n. Law The finding of a jury in a trial.
  • n. An expressed conclusion; a judgment or opinion: the verdict of history.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A decision on an issue of fact in a civil or criminal case or an inquest.
  • n. An opinion or judgement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The answer of a jury given to the court concerning any matter of fact in any cause, civil or criminal, committed to their examination and determination; the finding or decision of a jury on the matter legally submitted to them in the course of the trial of a cause.
  • n. Decision; judgment; opinion pronounced.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, the answer of a jury given to the court concerning any matter of fact in any cause, civil or criminal, committed to their trial and examination.
  • n. Pecision; judgment; opinion pronounced: as, the verdict of the public.

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

  • n. (law) the findings of a jury on issues of fact submitted to it for decision; can be used in formulating a judgment

Etymologies

Middle English verdit, from Anglo-Norman : ver, true (from Latin vērus) + dit, speech (from Latin dictum, from neuter past participle of dīcere, to say).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French verdit, from veir ("true") + dit ("saying"). (Wiktionary)

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