Provisional vs Trial - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between provisional and trial

is that provisional is a member of the while trial is an opportunity to test something out; a test.

As an adjective trial is

pertaining to a trial or test or trial can be characterized by having three (usually equivalent) components.

As a verb trial is

to carry out a series of tests on (a new product, procedure etc) before marketing or implementing it.

provisional

English

Adjective

(head)
  • temporary
  • Noun

  • (philately) a postage stamp issued locally before an official issue is released.
  • trial

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) trial, from . More at try.

    Noun

    (wikipedia trial) (en noun)
  • an opportunity to test something out; a test.
  • They will perform the trials for the new equipment next week.
  • appearance at judicial court.
  • a difficult or annoying experience
  • That boy was a trial to his parents

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Pertaining to a trial or test.
  • Attempted on a provisional or experimental basis.
  • Verb

  • To carry out a series of tests on (a new product, procedure etc.) before marketing or implementing it.
  • The warning system was extensively trialed before being fitted to all our vehicles.
  • To try out (a new player) in a sports team.
  • The team trialled a new young goalkeeper in Saturday's match, with mixed results.

    Derived terms

    * put on trial * trial and error * trial by combat * trial by fire * trial balloon * triality

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) trialis, an adjective formed from .

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Characterized by having three (usually equivalent) components.
  • Triple.
  • (grammar) pertaining to a language form referring to three of something, as people; contrast singular'', ''dual'' and ''plural .
  • No language has a trial number unless it has a dual.

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