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trial

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noun tri·al \ˈtrī(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of trial

  • : a formal meeting in a court in which evidence about crimes, disagreements, etc., is presented to a judge and often a jury so that decisions can be made according to the law

  • : a test of the quality, value, or usefulness of something

  • : a test of someone's ability to do something that is used to see if he or she should join a team, perform in a play, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of trial

  1. 1a :  the action or process of trying or putting to the proof :  testb :  a preliminary contest (as in a sport)

  2. 2 :  the formal examination before a competent tribunal of the matter in issue in a civil or criminal cause in order to determine such issue

  3. 3 :  a test of faith, patience, or stamina through subjection to suffering or temptation; broadly :  a source of vexation or annoyance

  4. 4a :  a tryout or experiment to test quality, value, or usefulness — compare clinical trialb :  one of a number of repetitions of an experiment

  5. 5 :  attempt

Examples of trial in a sentence

  1. He did not get a fair trial.

  2. He testified at the trial.

  3. She is awaiting trial on charges of assault.

  4. Early trials have shown that the treatment has some serious side effects.

  5. Recovering from her injury was a real trial of strength.

  6. I know I was a bit of a trial to my parents when I was a teenager.

  7. Cold winters can be a trial for older people.



Origin and Etymology of trial

Anglo-French, from trier to try


First Known Use: 15th century


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trial

adjective tri·al

Simple Definition of trial

  • : relating to or used in a test that is done for a period of time to see if something is worth buying, using, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of trial

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or used in a trial

  2. 2 :  made or done as a test or experiment

  3. 3 :  used or tried out in a test or experiment

Examples of trial in a sentence

  1. trial use of the product

  2. If you choose to use the software beyond the 30-day free trial period, you are required to pay for it.



1555

First Known Use of trial

1555



TRIAL Defined for Kids

trial

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noun tri·al \ˈtrī-əl\

Definition of trial for Students

  1. 1 :  the hearing and judgment of something in court

  2. 2 :  a test of someone's ability to do or endure something

  3. 3 :  an experiment to test quality, value, or usefulness

  4. 4 :  the action or process of trying or testing




Medical Dictionary

trial

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noun tri·al \ˈtrī(-ə)l\

Medical Definition of trial

  1. 1:  a tryout or experiment to test quality, value, or usefulness—see clinical trial

  2. 2:  one of a number of repetitions of an experiment




Law Dictionary

trial

noun tri·al

Legal Definition of trial

  1. :  a judicial examination of issues of fact or law disputed by parties for the purpose of determining the rights of the parties — compare hearing, inquest

at trial

  1. :  in or during the course of a trial



Origin and Etymology of trial

Anglo-French, from trier to try



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