on trial

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

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

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

  3. : a preliminary contest (as in a sport)

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

  2. : made or done as a test or experiment

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


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