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Dictionary definition for: Trial

1. (n) (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"

2. (n) 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. (n) (sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications; "the trials for the semifinals began yesterday"

4. (n) (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"

5. (n) trying something to find out about it; "a sample for ten days free trial" "a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"

6. (n) 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"

7. (n) the act of undergoing testing; "he survived the great test of battle" "candidates must compete in a trial of skill"

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