tri·​bu·​nal | \ trī-ˈbyü-nᵊl How to pronounce tribunal (audio) , tri- \

Definition of tribunal

1 : a court or forum of justice
2 : something that decides or determines the tribunal of public opinion

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Examples of tribunal in a Sentence

An international tribunal was formed to deal with war crimes. was tried before a military tribunal and found not guilty of the charges
Recent Examples on the Web On May 23, Archbishop Cranmer summoned an ecclesiastical tribunal that declared the king’s union with Catherine null and void; five days later the wedding between Henry and Anne was confirmed to be valid and legitimate. History Magazine, "Anne Boleyn used flirtation, fertility, and faith to seduce Henry VIII," 29 Dec. 2020 The tribunal said the attack followed its Dec. 22 order for Turkey to immediately release Selahattin Demirtas, a former leader of the pro-Kurdish HDP party. Aoife White,, "Europe’s Human Rights Court Hit by Hackers after Ruling Critical of Turkey," 23 Dec. 2020 The ruling by Poland’s constitutional tribunal has spurred hundreds of thousands of Poles, mostly women, to take to the streets, with 430,000 gathering Wednesday, according to Polish police, in 410 gatherings across the country. Washington Post, "Women’s rights groups, Polish nationalists face off as churches become flash points in protests over abortion law," 30 Oct. 2020 The bill will streamline copyright disputes by creating a small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office that will adjudicate small claims infringement cases. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Congress Passes CASE Act as Part of COVID-19 Relief Bill," 22 Dec. 2020 Still, people of all ages spoke at the tribunal in Whanganui -- including Albert's grandmother. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "This river in New Zealand is legally a person. Here's how it happened," 11 Dec. 2020 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the moves as part of the administration's pushback against the tribunal, based in The Hague, for investigations into the United States and its allies. Matthew Lee, Star Tribune, "New US sanctions on international tribunal prosecutor, aide," 2 Sep. 2020 While a statement from the Lagos State government said that there would be no comment while a judicial tribunal was underway. Ajeck Mangut, CNN, "Nigeria threatens CNN with sanctions but provides no evidence Lekki toll gate investigation is inaccurate," 19 Nov. 2020 In the case of pending proceedings before a legal tribunal, the strike can only happen after 60 days of the completion of such proceedings. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "India’s new labour bills have huge ramifications for how workers can be hired and fired," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of tribunal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for tribunal

Middle English, from Latin, platform for magistrates, from tribunus tribune

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

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13 Jan 2021

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“Tribunal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tribunal

: a kind of court that has authority in a specific area


tri·​bu·​nal | \ trī-ˈbyü-nᵊl How to pronounce tribunal (audio) \

Kids Definition of tribunal

: a court of justice


tri·​bu·​nal | \ trī-ˈbyün-ᵊl, tri- How to pronounce tribunal (audio) \

Legal Definition of tribunal

1 : the seat of a judge or one acting as a judge
2 : a court or forum of justice : a person or body of persons having to hear and decide disputes so as to bind the parties

History and Etymology for tribunal

Latin, platform for magistrates, from tribunus tribune, from tribus tribe

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