trial by battle

variants: or trial by combat

Definition of trial by battle

: a trial of a dispute formerly determined by the outcome of a personal battle or combat between the parties or in an issue joined upon a writ of right between their champions

called also judicial combat, wager of battle

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“Trial by battle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trial%20by%20battle. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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