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Definition of "trial" []

  • Law Examination of evidence and applicable law by a competent tribunal to determine the issue of specified charges or claims. (noun)
  • The act or process of testing, trying, or putting to the proof: a trial of one's faith. (noun)
  • An instance of such testing, especially as part of a series of tests or experiments: a clinical trial of a drug. (noun)
  • An effort or attempt: succeeded on the third trial. (noun)
  • A state of pain or anguish that tests patience, endurance, or belief: "the fiery trial through which we pass” ( Abraham Lincoln). (noun)
  • The act or an instance of trying or proving; test or experiment (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • The judicial examination of the issues in a civil or criminal cause by a competent tribunal and the determination of these issues in accordance with the law of the land (noun)
  • The determination of an accused person's guilt or innocence after hearing evidence for the prosecution and for the accused and the judicial examination of the issues involved (noun)
  • An effort or attempt to do something (noun)
  • Trouble or grief (noun)
  • An annoying or frustrating person or thing (noun)
  • A competition for individuals (noun)
  • A motorcycling competition in which the skills of the riders are tested over rough ground (noun)
  • A piece of sample material used for testing the heat of a kiln and its effects (noun)
  • To test or make experimental use of (something) (verb)

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Use "trial" in a sentence
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  • "Lord Mansfield makes the same observation with regard to another corrective of the short mode of trial, -- that of a _new trial_."
  • "I agree that the point about testifying in trial is extremely invalid."