from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A proceeding held before an official trial, especially to clarify points of law and facts.
  • adj. Of or relating to a pretrial.
  • adj. Existing or occurring before a trial: pretrial imprisonment; pretrial hearings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to a preliminary trial.
  • n. A preliminary trial held in advance of a court trial.

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

  • n. (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


pre- +‎ trial (Wiktionary)



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