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Dictionary definition for: Pretrial

1. (n) (law) a conference held before the trial begins to bring the parties together to outline discovery proceedings and to define the issues to be tried; more useful in civil than in criminal cases

2. (s) preceding an official trial; "pretrial publicity" "pretrial hearings are usually for the purpose of clarifying facts and points of la"

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