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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A proceeding held before an official trial, especially to clarify points of law and facts.
  • adjective Existing or occurring before a trial.
  • adjective Of or relating to a pretrial.

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  • adjective Pertaining to a preliminary trial.
  • noun law A preliminary trial held in advance of a court trial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (law) a conference held before the trial begins to bring the parties together to outline discovery proceedings and to define the issues to be tried; more useful in civil than in criminal cases

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pre- +‎ trial

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