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 Instead of court, an independent tribunal -- chaired by a judge -- will hear appeals against the minister's decisions, a move the government says is necessary to protect national security. Reuters, CNN, 5 Oct. 2021 That tribunal, which decides what appeals will be heard, is off to a rocky start. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 20 June 2021 The tribunal, made up of lawyers, academics and business people, does not have U.K. government backing or any powers to sanction or punish China. Mike Corder, Star Tribune, 10 June 2021 During the judicial review, the government argued that the tribunal had overstepped its jurisdiction in awarding collective compensation. Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2021 The tribunal concluded that while Santosuossos lost the ability to use its property as an in-person eatery, the governor’s shutdown orders didn’t physically alter the restaurant’s structure. Randy Maniloff, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2021 In the tribunal of posterity, what were matters of pride regularly become sources of shame. New York Times, 28 Sep. 2021 The tribunal also sympathized with Thompson in the findings. Naledi Ushe,, 11 Sep. 2021 The tribunal acquitted two other defendants, who are on the run and were tried in absentia, Khan said. Reuters, CNN, 1 Sep. 2021

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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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16 Oct 2021

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“Tribunal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 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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