- The definition of a trial is a hearing in a court case, a test or a hardship.
- An example of trial is the court case of an accused robber.
- An example of trial is the use of a small size bottle of shampoo to sample the product.
- An example of trial is a physical obstacle course.
trial definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- the act or process of trying, testing, or putting to the proof; test
- a testing of qualifications, attainments, or progress; probation
- experimental treatment or operation; experiment
- the fact or state of being tried by suffering, temptation, etc.
- a hardship, suffering, etc. that tries one's endurance
- a person or thing that is a source of annoyance or irritation
- a formal examination of the facts of a case by a court of law to decide the validity of a charge or claim
- an attempt; endeavor; effort
Origin: Anglo-French ; from trier: see try
- of a trial or trials
- made, done, or used for the purpose of trying, testing, etc.
trial definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Law Examination of evidence and applicable law by a competent tribunal to determine the issue of specified charges or claims.
- a. The act or process of testing, trying, or putting to the proof: a trial of one's faith.b. An instance of such testing, especially as part of a series of tests or experiments: a clinical trial of a drug.
- An effort or attempt: succeeded on the third trial.
- A state of pain or anguish that tests patience, endurance, or belief: “the fiery trial through which we pass” (Abraham Lincoln).
- A trying, troublesome, or annoying person or thing: The child was a trial to his parents.
- A preliminary competition or test to determine qualifications, as in a sport.
- Of, relating to, or used in a trial.
- Attempted or advanced on a provisional or experimental basis: a trial separation.
- Made or done in the course of a trial or test.
Origin: Middle English triall, a testing, from Anglo-Norman trial, from trier, to sort, try.
trial - Legal Definition
Webster's New World Law Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- A formal judicial examination of issues of law or fact between parties by a court with jurisdiction in such cases.
- A formal adversarial proceeding to hear evidence and decide legal issues and claims. Trials are covered by established rules of courtroom procedure as well as rules of evidence.
A trial held in front of a judge, but without the presence of a jury. Both parties must waive their constitutional rights to a trial by jury. The judge then gets to decide matters of fact as well as matters of law.trial by jury
See jury trial.trial de novo
trial - Phrases/Idioms
In addition to the idioms beginning with trial, also see on trial.
in the process of being tried
In the process of being tried, as in a court of law.
trial by fire
A test of one's abilities, especially the ability to perform well under pressure.