pretrial

[pree-trahy-uhl, -trahyl]
noun
1.
a proceeding held by a judge, arbitrator, etc., before a trial to simplify the issues of law and fact and stipulate certain matters between the parties, in order to expedite justice and curtail costs at the trial.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to such a proceeding.
3.
done, occurring, etc., prior to a trial: pretrial publicity.

Origin:
1935–40; pre- + trial

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Example sentences
Individual shareholders could not as easily bankrupt those filing lawsuits
  through excessive pretrial maneuvers.
The denial of the venue motion will raise the bar even higher for defendants
  looking to escape from damning pretrial publicity.
In exchange for his testimony, and as a result of good behavior, the feds had
  eased the terms of his pretrial detention.
Think an intense evidentiary hearing replete with expert witnesses on pretrial
  publicity.
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