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trial

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Noun trial has 7 senses
  1. trial - (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"
    --1 is a kind of
    proceeding, legal proceeding, proceedings
    --1 has parts:
     plea; prosecution, criminal prosecution; defense, defence, denial, demurrer
    --1 has particulars: mistrial; retrial
  2. test, trial, run - 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"
    --2 is a kind of attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
    --2 has particulars:
     assay; clinical trial, clinical test; double blind; preclinical trial, preclinical test, preclinical phase; audition, tryout; field trial; fitting, try-on, trying on; MOT, MOT test, Ministry of Transportation test; pilot project, pilot program; Snellen test
  3. trial - (sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications; "the trials for the semifinals began yesterday"
    --3 is a kind of
    contest, competition
  4. trial - (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"
    --4 is a kind of
    proceeding, legal proceeding, proceedings
    --4 has particulars:
     court-martial; ordeal, trial by ordeal; Scopes trial; show trial
    Derived form: verb try3
  5. trial, trial run, test, tryout - trying something to find out about it; "a sample for ten days free trial"; "a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"
    --5 is a kind of experiment, experimentation
    --5 has particulars:
     field trial, field test; alpha test; beta test; road test; trial balloon
    Derived form: verb try4
  6. trial, tribulation, visitation - 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"
    --6 is a kind of affliction
    --6 has particulars: fire
    Derived form: verb try6
  7. test, trial - the act of undergoing testing; "he survived the great test of battle"; "candidates must compete in a trial of skill"
    --7 is a kind of attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
    Derived form: verb try2
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