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.
Word by Word Definitions
: the formal examination before a competent tribunal of the matter in issue in a civil or criminal cause in order to determine such issue
: the action or process of trying or putting to the proof : test
: a preliminary contest (as in a sport)
: of, relating to, or used in a trial
: made or done as a test or experiment
: used or tried out in a test or experiment
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