trial

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

Definition of trial

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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
5 : attempt

trial

adjective

Definition of trial (Entry 2 of 3)

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

trial

verb
trialed or trialled; trialing or trialling; trials

Definition of trial (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to test the functioning, value, or usefulness of (something) In 2014, Germany trialed a copyright law granting publishers licensing fees for quoted content.— Kim Willsher So a raft of demonstration projects around the world have trialled "smart grids" that deal with electricity flowing in two directions—accommodating individuals selling power back to the utility company operation …— Caroline Williams

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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 The Cleveland Clinic won’t carry Aduhelm, known generically as aducanumab, on its formulary after a panel of experts reviewed trial results for the medicine. BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2021 The calculus for school-age children will be different because their Covid risks are so much lower, and trial data won’t identify 1 in 50,000 events. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 15 July 2021 He remains jailed while standing trial along with 16 other suspects. Fox News, 15 July 2021 Wiley is scheduled for trial July 26 before Chief U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. on the superseding indictment and Aug. 16 before U.S. District Judge Kristine G. Baker on the latest indictment. Dale Ellis, Arkansas Online, 15 July 2021 Security video played in court last month during Henderson’s trial showed what appeared to be Carlson trying to enter a door near the home’s garage, then driving away in a vehicle, only to return with a gas can. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 15 July 2021 Murkowski was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump during a Senate impeachment trial earlier this year. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, 15 July 2021 That's where this free Amazon Prime Video trial enters the chat. Sarah Toscano, EW.com, 15 July 2021 He remains jailed while standing trial along with 16 other suspects. Mike Corder, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The roughly 6-1/2 years that Kosiah has already served in pre-trial detention will count towards the sentence, the court papers showed. Reuters, CNN, 18 June 2021 She had been barred from all contact with him during more than two years of pre-trial detention. CBS News, 9 June 2021 In post-trial proceedings the court amended the judgement, upholding only the children’s claims against the county. Morgan Cook, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2021 Last week, the government and defense agreed on new on pre-trial release conditions for Montgomery. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 17 May 2021 Often, the department and the officer’s lawyers work out pre-trial agreements that bypass the licensing agency. James Barragán, Dallas News, 14 May 2021 Seven of the players received pre-trial intervention. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 14 May 2021 Moussaoui’s revelation – his most detailed to date – comes in a brief filed by defense attorneys assisting him with his pre-trial appeal. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 9 May 2021 Arrington, who has been on pre-trial home confinement, spoke at Wednesday’s hearing and said part of his goal was to give kids in Baltimore someone to look up to. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, 5 May 2021

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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

Verb

1971, in the meaning defined above

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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17 Jul 2021

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“Trial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trial. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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trial

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trial

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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 3)

: 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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of trial (Entry 3 of 3)

British : to test the quality, value, or usefulness of (something)

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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