motion for directed verdict.A party’s request that the court enter judgment in its favor before submitting the case to the jury because there is no legally sufficient evidentiary foundation on which a reasonable jury could find for the other party. • Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the equivalent court paper is known as a motion for judgment as a matter of law. —

Abbr. MDV. — Also termed motion for a directed verdict. See MOTION FOR JUDGMENT AS A MATTER OF LAW ; directed verdict under VERDICT. [Cases: Federal Civil Procedure 2121; Trial 167. C.J.S. Trial §§ 432–433, 437–438.]

[Blacks Law 8th]