tribunal

noun
tri·bu·nal | \ trī-ˈbyü-nᵊl , 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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Synonyms for tribunal

Synonyms

bar, bench, court, forum

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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

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Last week, seven of its 15 judges signed a letter declaring that the tribunal no longer functions properly, due to political pressure. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Poland Steps Up Supreme Court Purge," 13 July 2018 Reuben Camper Cahn, executive director of Federal Defenders of San Diego Inc., called it separate but unequal and compared it to slavery tribunals. Elliot Spagat, Houston Chronicle, "California, long a holdout, adopts mass immigration hearings," 9 July 2018 The chief’s ruling upholds decisions by the department’s internal affairs division and public police tribunal that met in April and unanimously concluded Officer Brian Trainer was not justified in shooting Terrence Sterling. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "D.C. police chief rejects appeal from officer facing termination for shooting motorcyclist," 15 June 2018 Reuben Camper Cahn, executive director of Federal Defenders of San Diego Inc., called it separate but unequal and compared it to slavery tribunals. Elliot Spagat, Houston Chronicle, "California, long a holdout, adopts mass immigration hearings," 9 July 2018 Reuben Camper Cahn, executive director of Federal Defenders of San Diego Inc., called it separate but unequal and compared it to slavery tribunals. NBC News, "California, long a holdout, adopts mass immigration hearings," 8 July 2018 The 25-year-old Englishman has been with the Reds since 2015, having joined from Burnley for a fee decided by a tribunal. SI.com, "Palace Leading Chase for Out of Favour Liverpool Attacker as Burnley Switch Focus to West Brom Ace," 30 June 2018 When the term of the tribunal’s president ended, all of the judges were supposed to choose a replacement. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Polish Crisis Deepens as Judges Condemn Their Own Court," 5 July 2018 For years afterward, virtually all of the tribunal’s rulings favored the Sandinistas. Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, "Nicaraguan cardinal was symbol of political resistance," 3 June 2018

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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

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

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tribunal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tribunal

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

tribunal

noun
tri·bu·nal | \ trī-ˈbyü-nᵊl \

Kids Definition of tribunal

: a court of justice

tribunal

noun
tri·bu·nal | \ trī-ˈbyün-ᵊl, tri- \

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

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