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
5 : attempt

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

cross, crucible, fire, gauntlet (also gantlet), ordeal

Synonyms: Adjective

developmental, experimental, pilot

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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

Evidence at the trial showed that after months of sobriety, confirmed by regular random drug screenings, Rodriguez was found collapsed in his parents’ Ramona home. Ramona Sentinel, "Ramona man faces prison term for 2017 heroin sale," 10 July 2019 Which is to say, none of it is built to last: The moment Jimmy can’t pay for his whiskey, he is put on trial and sentenced to death. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "Review: Ivo van Hove’s ‘Mahagonny’ Does Justice to Brecht and Weill," 7 July 2019 More information on the sickle cell trial can be found by searching for NCT02247843 at clinicaltrials.gov. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Biotech notebook: Public service on stem cell science," 6 July 2019 At trial, Barrow-Shaver and Carrizo agreed that the contract allowed Carrizo to block the sale but differed on whether doing so was customary in the oil and gas. Janet Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Language edges custom in drilling contracts, Texas Supreme Court rules," 5 July 2019 Eric Holder, the suspect in the shooting, is currently on trial. Sydney Scott, Essence, "LAPD Investigating Why Key Witness Was Turned Away In Nipsey Hussle Case," 2 July 2019 Bowen goes on trial on Aug. 13, according to the Associated Press. Jeannette Hinkle, azcentral, "'Disgusting' and 'unacceptable': Martha McSally condemns Border Patrol officers' posts," 2 July 2019 The suits asks for an injunction against Walmart using the names, and financial compensation for damages, the amount of which would be determined at trial. Marc Bain, Quartz, "JetBlue is taking Walmart to court over its Jetblack shopping service," 25 June 2019 The younger Scandirito testified at trial for more than two hours earlier this year. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Son of ex-Macomb judge who chopped up dad's body sentenced to 15 years in prison," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Only 50 of those trial color scheme hoodies were produced and sold in 23 regional shops. Avalon R. Zoppo, Philly.com, "10 years after Rowan student's brutal killing, $100K reward remains unclaimed," 30 Oct. 2017 Trial 5 (Epilogue) The Funk Situation: Standard build-up from a couple weeks of coffee/water use. Maggie Lange, Bon Appetit, "How to Get the Coffee Taste Out of Your Water Bottle," 29 Aug. 2017

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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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trial

noun

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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