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(n.o.v.) reversal of a jury’s verdict by the trial judge when the judge believes there was no factual basis for the verdict or it was contrary to law. the judge will then enter a different verdict as “a matter of law.” essentially the judge should have required a “directed verdict” (instruction to the jury to return with a particular verdict since the facts allowed no other conclusion), and when the jury “went wrong,” the judge uses the power to reverse the verdict instead of approving it, to prevent injustice. this process is commonly called “judgment n.o.v.” or simply “n.o.v.,” for Latin non obstante veredicto.

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