trial

noun
tri·​al | \ ˈtrī(-ə)l How to pronounce trial (audio) \

Definition of trial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
2a : the action or process of trying or putting to the proof : test
b : a preliminary contest (as in a sport)
3a : a tryout or experiment to test quality, value, or usefulness — compare clinical trial
b : one of a number of repetitions of an experiment
4 : a test of faith, patience, or stamina through subjection to suffering or temptation broadly : a source of vexation or annoyance

trial

adjective

Definition of trial (Entry 2 of 2)

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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Synonyms for trial

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of trial in a Sentence

Noun He did not get a fair trial. He testified at the trial. She is awaiting trial on charges of assault. Early trials have shown that the treatment has some serious side effects. Recovering from her injury was a real trial of strength. I know I was a bit of a trial to my parents when I was a teenager. Cold winters can be a trial for older people. Adjective trial use of the product If you choose to use the software beyond the 30-day free trial period, you are required to pay for it.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After a two week free trial, Showtime will cost you $11/month. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Streaming Guide: Should You Sign-Up for Disney+?," 12 Nov. 2019 Allen won a key decision in November 2018 at the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which ruled that the case can move forward to a trial and that a US District Court had improperly granted Comcast's motion to dismiss ESN's complaint. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast is trying to “dismantle” Civil Rights Act of 1866, MLK’s daughter says," 11 Nov. 2019 But even after the long trial, the public remained fascinated by the macabre cases. Freep.com, "Murders of Michigan women still unsolved 50 years later — but cops had eye on 1 man," 10 Nov. 2019 After a four-day trial, the jury concluded that she had been murdered, but ruled that Mullins had failed to provide sufficient evidence to find Melbourne civilly liable for her death. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "What happened to Jerrilynn Mullins? Woman’s death a mystery since 1978.," 9 Nov. 2019 The preliminary results of a multi-country trial are looking promising: the vaccine was 80.2 percent effective, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Nina Kravinsky, Smithsonian, "New Dengue Vaccine Looks Promising, but Major Hurdles Remain," 8 Nov. 2019 On January 30, 1972, British troops opened fire on a crowd of peaceful civil rights protestors in Northern Ireland, who were marching against a policy of detention without trial. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "7 Predictions For The Crown Season Three," 7 Nov. 2019 Tim Gann, Madison County’s chief trial attorney, said prosecutors expect to review the case within a couple of weeks. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Family demands answers in death of man shot by Madison police," 2 Nov. 2019 Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Wagner will make that determination after a trial later this month. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Plea delayed for accused nurse killer; mental competency questioned," 1 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But his ruling only applies to pretrial deposition testimony, not trial testimony. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Tim Tebow now expected as witness in two drug trials against his trainer," 16 Sep. 2019 Al-Menhali, who was in the area to undergo medical treatment at the Cleveland Clinic, collapsed after the incident and was hospitalized, the trial brief states. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Emirati man settles lawsuit filed after Avon police detained him because hotel clerk claimed he supported ISIS," 11 Sep. 2019 The trial brief states that authorities also found Galvez’s Facebook page. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gunman gets 80 to life in deadly theft of $800 worth of meth," 19 June 2019 Ripple’s investment comes a year after MoneyGram’s rival Western Union ended a trial experiment with XRapid, saying the XRP transfer service had not produced any significant savings. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Ripple Takes $50 Million Stake in MoneyGram in Push to Deploy XRP," 17 June 2019 The trial scene implodes, first as the clans squabble among themselves, and then as an unexplained fire breaks out and engulfs the room. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "15 years later, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is finally happening," 21 Mar. 2019 His legal team has cited frigid cell temperature, lack of clean blankets, isolation from other inmates—and the fact that his only reading materials are trial evidence. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Trial of ‘El Chapo’ Poses Unprecedented Challenges," 12 Nov. 2018 People lined up in front of the downtown Orlando courthouse to get tickets for the courtroom where her mother, Casey, stood trial three years later — and was acquitted of murder. Red Huber, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Casey Anthony saga 10 years later — A look back through iconic pictures," 22 June 2018 But the bill would essentially skirt the FDA’s normal approval process to get trial medicines more rapidly to patients with life-threatening illnesses. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "House Approves Giving Terminally Ill Quicker Access to Experimental Drugs," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of trial

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Adjective

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trial

Noun

Anglo-French, from trier to try

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The first known use of trial was in the 15th century

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trial

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of trial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a formal meeting in a court in which evidence about crimes, disagreements, etc., is presented to a judge and often a jury so that decisions can be made according to the law
: a test of the quality, value, or usefulness of something
: a test of someone's ability to do something that is used to see if he or she should join a team, perform in a play, etc.

trial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of trial (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to or used in a test that is done for a period of time to see if something is worth buying, using, etc.

trial

noun
tri·​al | \ ˈtrī-əl How to pronounce trial (audio) \

Kids Definition of trial

1 : the hearing and judgment of something in court
2 : a test of someone's ability to do or endure something
3 : an experiment to test quality, value, or usefulness
4 : the action or process of trying or testing

trial

noun
tri·​al | \ ˈtrī(-ə)l How to pronounce trial (audio) \

Medical Definition of trial

1 : a tryout or experiment to test quality, value, or usefulness — see clinical trial
2 : one of a number of repetitions of an experiment

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trial

noun
tri·​al

Legal Definition of trial

: a judicial examination of issues of fact or law disputed by parties for the purpose of determining the rights of the parties — compare hearing, inquest
at trial
: in or during the course of a trial

History and Etymology for trial

Anglo-French, from trier to try

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