1. Law 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.
Note: ☞ The decision of a judge or referee, upon an issue of fact, is not called a verdict, but a finding, or a finding of fact. --Abbott.
2. Decision; judgment; opinion pronounced; as, to be condemned by the verdict of the public.
These were enormities condemned by the most natural verdict of common humanity. --South.
Two generations have since confirmed the verdict which was pronounced on that night. --Macaulay.
n : (law) the findings of a jury on issues of fact submitted to
it for decision; can be used in formulating a judgment
[syn: finding of fact]