occurring, presented, or engaged in before a court trial actually begins: a pretrial motion
a pretrial proceeding for clearing up points of fact or law
A proceeding held before an official trial, especially to clarify points of law and facts.
- Existing or occurring before a trial: pretrial detention; pretrial hearings.
- Of or relating to a pretrial.
- Pertaining to a preliminary trial.
pre- +"Ž trial