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[mis-trahy-uh l, -trahyl] /mɪsˈtraɪ əl, -ˈtraɪl/
noun, Law.
a trial terminated without conclusion on the merits of the case because of some error in the proceedings.
an inconclusive trial, as where the jury cannot agree.
Origin of mistrial
1620-30; mis-1 + trial Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for mistrial
  • Thus, the district court's finding that the government did not intend to provoke a mistrial was not clearly erroneous.
  • Defense counsel immediately objected and requested a mistrial and a hearing was conducted outside the presence of the jury.
  • If the jury cannot arrive at a verdict, the jury will be hung and a mistrial will be declared.
British Dictionary definitions for mistrial


a trial made void because of some error, such as a defect in procedure
(in the US) an inconclusive trial, as when a jury cannot agree on a verdict
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Word Origin and History for mistrial

1620s; see mis- (1) + trial (n.).

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