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English definition of “trial”

trial

noun [C, U]     /traɪəl/
LAW B2 a legal process to decide if someone is guilty of a crime : The two men are now on trial for attempted murder . He will be taken to the US to stand trial.Court cases, orders and decisions
TEST a test of something new to find out if it is safe , works correctly , etc : The drug is currently undergoing clinical trials.Testing, checking and experimenting
trial and error a way of learning the best way to do something by trying different methods : There aren't any instructions with it - it's just a matter of trial and error .Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energyTesting, checking and experimenting
(Definition of trial noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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