harmless error

Definition of "harmless error"
  1. A minor mistake made by a judge during a trial that is deemed not significant enough to affect the final decision, thus not warranting the reversal of the judgment
How to use "harmless error" in a sentence
  1. The attorney argued that the judge's misstatement was a harmless error and would not affect the case's outcome.
  2. The appellate court ruled that the harmless error related to testifying would not warrant a retrial.
  3. Any subsequent appeal citing the harmless error was less likely to succeed due to the overwhelming evidence against the defendant.

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