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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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  • As mistrial spoke he imitated the discretion of his enemy; he looked down and away.

    The Pace That Kills Edgar Saltus
  • This effort on her part mistrial hindered to the best of his ability.

    The Pace That Kills Edgar Saltus
  • mistrial had served his novitiate where the pochard is rare.

    The Pace That Kills Edgar Saltus
  • As mistrial spoke he gazed at her inquisitorially with shrewd, perplexing eyes.

    The Pace That Kills Edgar Saltus
  • I want you to withdraw a juror in this case and consent to a mistrial.

    The Case and Exceptions Frederick Trevor Hill
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mistrial

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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