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English definition of “pretrial”

pretrial

adjective, adverb [not gradable] ( also pre-trial)  /ˌpriˈtrɑɪ·əl, -ˈtrɑɪl/ us  
happening in or involving the period before a trial begins: Cooper failed to testify in a March 1 pretrial hearing.
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