- the examination before a judicial tribunal of the facts put in issue in a cause, often including issues of law as well as those of fact.
- the determination of a person's guilt or innocence by due process of law.
- undergoing examination before a judicial tribunal.
- undergoing a probationary or trial period.
Origin of trial
Synonyms for trial
Related Words for trialpreliminary, exploratory, experiment, testing, investigation, examination, struggle, probation, effort, case, litigation, tribunal, suit, prosecution, hearing, contest, arraignment, action, indictment, lawsuit
Examples from the Web for trial
Contemporary Examples of trial
Meanwhile, almost exactly 30 years after the trial, the judge left his home to board a steamboat and was never heard from again.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion
January 8, 2015
Seventy-two adults between the ages of 18 and 50 are participating in the trial, led by the pediatrics department at Oxford.
The next phase of the trial consists of vaccinating Ebola workers on the front lines.
They added that the shutdown was temporary and they plan to resume the trial in January.Uh Oh: Ebola Vaccine Trials Stop
December 19, 2014
Just a month from that date, he now no longer believes that to be realistic, and will no longer estimate a timeline for the trial.Prosecutors Have No Idea When 9/11 Mastermind’s Trial Will Start
December 17, 2014
Historical Examples of trial
This is the hope that beckons us onward in this century of trial.
And then, when the cover was removed, came the time of trial to your correspondent.
We would advise all who are about to begin the study of languages to give it a trial.
It is true that he hath not come to trial, but the trial hath come to him.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
You see, Burke, you couldn't in a trial even repeat what he told you.Within the Law
- the act or an instance of trying or proving; test or experiment
- (as modifier)a trial run
- the judicial examination of the issues in a civil or criminal cause by a competent tribunal and the determination of these issues in accordance with the law of the land
- the determination of an accused person's guilt or innocence after hearing evidence for the prosecution and for the accused and the judicial examination of the issues involved
- (as modifier)trial proceedings
- undergoing trial, esp before a court of law
- being tested, as before a commitment to purchase
verb trials, trialling or trialled
Word Origin for trial
Word Origin for trial
mid-15c., "act or process of testing," from Anglo-French trial, noun formed from triet "to try" (see try). Sense of "examining and deciding a case in a court of law" is first recorded 1570s; extended to any ordeal by 1590s. As an adjectival phrase, trial-and-error is recorded from 1806. Trial balloon (1939) is congnate of French ballon d'essai.
In addition to the idioms beginning with trial
- trial and error
- trial balloon
- trial by fire
- trials and tribulations
- on trial