Meaning of “pretrial” in the English Dictionary

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"pretrial" in American English

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pretrialadjective, adverb [ not gradable ]

also pre-trial us /ˌpriˈtrɑɪ·əl, -ˈtrɑɪl/

happening in or involving the period before a trial begins:

Cooper failed to testify in a March 1 pretrial hearing.

(Definition of “pretrial” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)