trial Definition

  • 1a formal examination of evidence in court by a judge and often a jury, to decide if someone accused of a crime is guilty or not
  • 2a test of the performance, qualities, or suitability of someone or something

Using trial: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "trial" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The trial lasted for three weeks.

  • Example

    The defendant was found guilty after a fair trial.

  • Example

    The new drug is undergoing clinical trials.

  • Example

    The company is offering a free trial of their software.

trial Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using trial

  • being judged or evaluated, especially in a court of law


    The suspect is currently on trial for murder.

  • to subject someone to a legal trial


    The company was put on trial for violating environmental regulations.

  • stand trial

    to appear in court as a defendant


    The accused will stand trial next month.

Phrases with trial

  • the process of experimenting with various methods until one finds a successful solution


    I had to use trial and error to figure out how to fix the computer.

  • a severe test of one's abilities or character


    Her first day on the job was a trial by fire, but she managed to handle it well.

  • a tentative measure taken or statement made to see how a new policy will be received


    The government floated a trial balloon about raising taxes, but quickly withdrew the proposal after public outcry.

Origins of trial

from Anglo-French 'trial', from trier, meaning 'to try'


Summary: trial in Brief

The term 'trial' [ˈtraɪəl] refers to a formal examination of evidence in court to determine guilt or innocence, or a test of performance, qualities, or suitability. It spans contexts from legal proceedings, exemplified by 'The defendant was found guilty after a fair trial,' to experimental testing, as in 'The new drug is undergoing clinical trials.' 'Trial' extends into phrases like 'trial and error,' and idioms like 'on trial,' denoting being judged or evaluated.

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