1. [ adjective ] preceding an official trial

"pretrial publicity" "pretrial hearings are usually for the purpose of clarifying facts and points of la"

Related terms: preceding
2. [ 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
Synonyms: pretrial_conference
Related terms: conference law
Similar spelling:   pretorial