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A legal proceeding that happens when a defendant pleads “not guilty” and challenges the state’s evidence in front of a judge or jury. A trial occurs if opposing parties are unable to reach an alternative resolution.


 

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
trial (noun)
1.
a) the action or process of trying or putting to the proof - test
b) a preliminary contest (as in a sport)
2.
the formal examination before a competent tribunal of the matter in issue in a civil or criminal cause in order to determine such issue
3.
a test of faith, patience, or stamina through subjection to suffering or temptation , broadly a source of vexation or annoyance
4.
a) a tryout or experiment to test quality, value, or usefulness - compare clinical trial
b) one of a number of repetitions of an experiment
5.
- attempt
trial (adjective)
1.
of, relating to, or used in a trial
2.
made or done as a test or experiment
3.
used or tried out in a test or experiment
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
trial (adjective)
made or done as an experiment
SYNONYMS:
developmental, pilot, trial
RELATED WORDS:
exploratory, investigative, probative; preliminary, preparatory, provisional, temporary, tentative; conjectural, hypothetical, speculative, theoretical ( theoretic); untested, untried; unproved, unproven
NEAR ANTONYMS:
accepted, established, standard; tested, tried; advanced, developed; proved, proven; conclusive, decisive, definitive, final, permanent
trial (noun)
1.
a test of faith, patience, or strength
SYNONYMS:
cross, crucible, fire, gauntlet ( gantlet), ordeal
RELATED WORDS:
baptism, initiation; adversity, affliction, asperity, misadventure, mischance, misfortune, mishap, privation, tragedy, tribulation, trouble, vicissitude, woe; acid test, litmus test; challenge, complication, difficulty, grief, grievance, hardship, rigor; annoyance, discomfort, inconvenience, nuisance
baptism of fire
trial (noun)
2.
a private performance or session in preparation for a public appearance
SYNONYMS:
dry run, practice ( practise), trial
RELATED WORDS:
dress rehearsal; preview; run-through, walk-through; drill, exercise
trial (noun)
3.
a procedure or operation carried out to resolve an uncertainty
SYNONYMS:
essay, experimentation, test, trial
RELATED WORDS:
trial and error; dry run, shakedown; exercise, practice ( practise), rehearsal, tryout, workout; crucible, ordeal; attempt, effort, try
trial (noun)
4.
an effort to do or accomplish something
SYNONYMS:
assay, bash, bid, crack, endeavor, essay, fling, go, offer, pass, shot, stab, trial, try, whack, whirl
RELATED WORDS:
striving, struggle, throes, undertaking; trial and error
trial (noun)
5.
something that is a source of irritation
SYNONYMS:
aggravation, aggro, bother, botheration, bugbear, exasperation, frustration, hair shirt, hassle, headache, inconvenience, irk, irritant, nuisance, peeve, pest, rub, ruffle, thorn, trial, vexation
RELATED WORDS:
discomfort, fleabite, pinprick; affront, insult, offense ( offence); upset, worry; affliction, albatross, burden, cross, curse, menace, millstone, plague, sore; anxiety, plight, predicament, tribulation, trouble; hang-up, pet peeve, problem; annoyer, disturber, harasser, mischief, offender; pandora's box
NEAR ANTONYMS:
delight, joy, pleasure
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