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[pree-trahy-uh l, -trahyl] /priˈtraɪ əl, -ˈtraɪl/
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.
of or relating to such a proceeding.
done, occurring, etc., prior to a trial:
pretrial publicity.
Origin of pretrial
1935-40; pre- + trial Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for pretrial
  • 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.
  • Most cases resolve far short of trial, either through settlement or pretrial court rulings, or summary judgment.
  • There is no excuse for his degrading and inhumane pretrial punishment.
  • The general's lawyers raised the standard defense objections about pretrial publicity and inadmissible evidence.
  • The vision only resurfaced, then, in an offhand way in one of the prosecution's final-hour supplemental pretrial filings.
  • It is mandatory that you attend the pretrial conference if one has been set in your case.
Word Origin and History for pretrial

"preliminary hearing before a trial," 1938, American English, from pre- + trial.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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