pretrial

adjective pre·tri·al \ ˌprē-ˈtrī(-ə)l \
variants: or pre-trial

Definition of pretrial

: occurring or existing before a trial
  • a pretrial hearing

First Known Use of pretrial

1894

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Law Dictionary

pretrial

adjective pre·tri·al \ ˌprē-ˈtrī-əl \

legal Definition of pretrial

: existing or occurring before trial
  • a pretrial motion
  • a pretrial detainee

Learn More about pretrial


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pretrial? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

good-natured ridicule

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!