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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Ultimately, a tribunal determined that he could be released. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "What the latest report on skin care company Deciem reveals about its troubled founder," 3 Dec. 2018 The Islamabad High Court made the decision after the Sharifs petitioned to appeal their sentences, handed down by an anti-graft tribunal earlier this year in a corruption case against them. Zarar Khan, Fox News, "Pakistan court suspends prison sentence, frees ex-PM Sharif," 19 Sep. 2018 Any presumption that human rights issues may be adjudicated in Turkey by independent tribunals within a reasonable time clearly contradicts these reports. Filiz Kahraman, Washington Post, "Why Turkey’s human rights violations won’t end up in court," 12 June 2018 At the same time, the witch hunters, the clerical and secular authorities presiding over inquisitions and tribunals tasked with identifying and eliminating witchcraft practitioners, were overwhelmingly male. Erin Cassese, Vox, "A political history of the term “witch hunt”," 31 Oct. 2018 In 2016, the Vatican committee scrapped a proposal that any senior cleric accused of covering up abuse be subject to an internal tribunal, angering victim advocates. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Scathing report reveals 300 Pennsylvania Catholic priests sexually abused over 1,000 children," 19 Oct. 2018 The ruling Thursday means that the competition court can now work through motions that ask the tribunal to reconsider its initial decision on the deal between Tianqi and Chile’s competition regulator. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Chilean Court Refuses Challenge to Chinese Firm’s Purchase of Stake in Lithium Miner," 25 Oct. 2018 In order to reach the next stage, beatification, the tribunal must show that at least one miracle has taken place as a result of prayers offered up to the individual after their death, or else that the individual died as a martyr for their faith. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Oscar Romero, a martyr for social justice and the newest Catholic saint, explained," 15 Oct. 2018 More important, some of the cases adjudicated by the tribunals are also getting bogged down in bitter, protracted legal challenges. Iain Marlow, Bloomberg.com, "India’s Push to Fast-Track Bankruptcies," 26 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

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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

History and Etymology for tribunal

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

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