on trial

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Definition of on trial

: in a situation in which evidence against one is presented in a court to a judge and often a jury to decide if one is guilty of a crime on trial for murder She went on trial for possession of drugs. sometimes used figuratively to indicate that people will think about something in a critical way The controversial case has put the entire health-care system on trial.

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“On trial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20trial. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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