on trial

Definition of on trial

  1. :  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

  1. :  the action or process of trying or putting to the proof :  test

    :  a preliminary contest (as in a sport)

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

  1. :  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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