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Meaning & Definition of Trial in English

English

Trial

/traɪəl/

noun

1. The act of testing something

  • "In the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"
  • "He called each flip of the coin a new trial"
    synonym:
  • test
  • ,
  • trial
  • ,
  • run

2. Trying something to find out about it

  • "A sample for ten days free trial"
  • "A trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"
    synonym:
  • trial
  • ,
  • trial run
  • ,
  • test
  • ,
  • tryout

3. The act of undergoing testing

  • "He survived the great test of battle"
  • "Candidates must compete in a trial of skill"
    synonym:
  • test
  • ,
  • trial

4. (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law

  • "He had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty"
  • "Most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"
    synonym:
  • trial

5. (sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications

  • "The trials for the semifinals began yesterday"
    synonym:
  • trial

6. An annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event

  • "His mother-in-law's visits were a great trial for him"
  • "Life is full of tribulations"
  • "A visitation of the plague"
    synonym:
  • trial
  • ,
  • tribulation
  • ,
  • visitation

Examples of using

Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.