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Definitions of trial

  1. of the nature of or undergoing an experiment; " an experimental drug"; " a pilot project"; " a test run"; " a trial separation"
  2. 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"
  3. the act of undergoing testing; " he survived the great test of battle"; " candidates must compete in a trial of skill"
  4. trying something to find out about it; " a sample for ten days free trial"; " a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"
  5. ( sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications; " the trials for the semifinals began yesterday"
  6. ( law) legal proceedings consisting of the judicial examination of issues by a competent tribunal; " most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"
  7. ( 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"
  8. 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"
  9. The act of trying or testing in any manner.
  10. Any effort or exertion of strength for the purpose of ascertaining what can be done or effected.
  11. The act of testing by experience; proof; test.
  12. Examination by a test; experiment, as in chemistry, metallurgy, etc.
  13. The state of being tried or tempted; exposure to suffering that tests strength, patience, faith, or the like; affliction or temptation that exercises and proves the graces or virtues of men.
  14. That which tries or afflicts; that which harasses; that which tries the character or principles; that which tempts to evil; as, his child's conduct was a sore trial.
  15. The formal examination of the matter in issue in a cause before a competent tribunal; the mode of determining a question of fact in a court of law; the examination, in legal form, of the facts in issue in a cause pending before a competent tribunal, for the purpose of determining such issue.
  16. The act of testing or proving; state of being tested; an attempt or endeavor; an experiment; an examination by test or experience; hardship; suffering or temptation; a judicial examination; as, a trial in court.
  17. A trying: the act of trying: examination by a test: the state of being tried: suffering: temptation: judicial examination: attempt.
  18. Act of trying; test; judicial investigation; suffering; attempt.
  19. The act of trying, or the state of being tried; judicial examination.
  20. Affliction; hardship.
  21. Any effort or exertion of strength for the purpose of ascertaining its effect; examination by a test; experiment; experience; suffering that tests virtue; temptation; the state of being tried; the judicial examination of a cause between parties, Trial at bar, a species of trial in difficult cases, which takes place before all the judges at the bar of the court. See Try.
  22. Any effort or exercise to ascertain what can be done; an attempt; an endeavour; examination by test or experiment; experience; any suffering or temptation that puts strength or virtue to the test; affiction; the formal examination before a judge by means of witnesses in a court of law, as to whether certain alleged facts or charges are true or untrue.
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Quotes of trial

  1. I view myself primarily as a trial lawyer who happens to be writing, as opposed to a writer who happens to be a trial lawyer, so the audience is like a jury to me. – Vincent Bugliosi
  2. A far greater factor than abolishing poverty is the deterrent effect of swift and certain consequences: swift arrest, prompt trial certain penalty and- at some point- finality of judgment. – Warren E. Burger
  3. I have proved by actual trial that a letter, that takes an hour to write, takes only about 3 minutes to read! – Lewis Carroll
  4. I did not think that I was angry, but clearly anger was reflected in my writing. I did not think that I had been affected emotionally, but it was clear from my writing that I was still very emotional about the trial some six months after it ended. – Christopher Darden
  5. And, you know, like I said, I'm not looking forward to a trial – Patty Hearst
  6. I have contact with no one involved in the trial – Kato Kaelin
  7. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. – Helen Keller
  8. This is not a trial This is a lynching. There is no law. – Jack Kevorkian
  9. I desire to put off my trial as long as I can till I can get my evidence ready. – William Kidd
  10. I got the chance to argue my first case in Supreme Court, a criminal case arising in Alabama that involved the right of a defendant to counsel at a critical stage in a capital case before a trial – Constance Baker Motley
  11. Well, I think they're all basically the same story. Every culture in the world has them. When you strip it down and analyze it, it's the young man or girl who goes through a trial or ordeal and hits a very low ebb but manages to get guidance from a Merlin type figure. – Liam Neeson
  12. This week I was proud to join with my colleagues to help pass two important, common -sense pieces of legislation that will limit the frivolous lawsuits by trial attorneys and personal injury lawyers that clog our courts and hurt our small businesses. – Bob Ney
  13. The vice president had a bargaining asset, however, that no ordinary person has: He was next in line to the presidency. I saw no chance that he would resign first, then take his chances on trial conviction, and jail. – Elliot Richardson
  14. For a while, people couldn't understand why I'd find them so fascinating, but I'd rather go to a trial than to a Broadway play. Now that we have Court TV, they see what I mean. – Ann Rule
  15. Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life -style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect. – Hunter S. Thompson

Usage examples for trial

  1. Jack saw the trial and was puzzled. – The Second String by Nat Gould
  2. Thus ended the great trial – Archibald Malmaison by Julian Hawthorne
  3. He was now working on trial for a week, but whether giving satisfaction or no they did not learn. – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  4. And the longer a trial is about and the greater the interest, the more chance a man has to escape. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  5. What, did you intend to leave him alone in the hardest trial of his life? – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  6. At least, she must make the trial – Hypatia or, New Foes with an Old Face by Charles Kingsley
  7. Now we shall learn what Hellgum meant when he wrote in his last letter that a great trial of our faith was before us. – Jerusalem by Selma Lagerlöf
  8. 9511. Are you not satisfied with your first year's trial here? – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  9. And then came the trial – Pamela Giraud by Honore de Balzac
  10. His trial was a form. – The Theory of Social Revolutions by Brooks Adams
  11. But you've made a fair trial and it's of no use. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  12. There had been already one trial of strength with him which had not been entirely successful. – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  13. Now that it was put to the trial she found that she had no power, even over her own daughter. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  14. His trial comes up next week. – A Fool and His Money by George Barr McCutcheon
  15. But the trial was naturally a mere form. – The Clique of Gold by Emile Gaboriau
  16. 137; trial of i. – Walks in Rome by Augustus J.C. Hare
  17. I have tried- my trial is made too! – The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
  18. At any rate it's worth a trial – Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces by Thomas W. Hanshew
  19. And no man shall say me nay, if I will that this stranger make trial of it. – The Story Of The Odyssey by The Rev. Alfred J. Church
  20. Then there will be another trial – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens

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