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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tribunal mean? 

  The noun TRIBUNAL has 1 sense:

1. an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business

  Familiarity information: TRIBUNAL used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1tribunal [BACK TO TOP]


An assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects


court; judicature; tribunal

Hypernyms ("tribunal" is a kind of...):

assembly (a group of persons gathered together for a common purpose)

Meronyms (parts of "tribunal"):

Bench (the magistrate or judge or judges sitting in court in judicial capacity to compose the court collectively)

Meronyms (members of "tribunal"):

jury (a body of citizens sworn to give a true verdict according to the evidence presented in a court of law)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tribunal"):

International Court of Justice; World Court (a court established to settle disputes between members of the United Nations)

military court (a judicial court of commissioned officers for the discipline and punishment of military personnel)

moot court (a mock court where law students argue hypothetical cases)

police court (a court that has power to prosecute for minor offenses and to bind over for trial in a superior court anyone accused serious offenses)

probate court (a court having jurisdiction over the probate of wills and the administration of estates)

quarter sessions (a local court with criminal jurisdiction and sometimes administrative functions)

Rota ((Roman Catholic Church) the supreme ecclesiastical tribunal for cases appealed to the Holy See from diocesan courts)

Star Chamber (a former English court that became notorious for its arbitrary methods and severe punishments)

superior court (any court that has jurisdiction above an inferior court)

high court; state supreme court; supreme court (the highest court in most states of the United States)

traffic court (a court that has power to prosecute for traffic offences)

kangaroo court (an irregular unauthorized court)

juvenile court (a court having jurisdiction over dependent and delinquent children)

Inquisition (a former tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church (1232-1820) created to discover and suppress heresy)

appeals court; appellate court; court of appeals (a court whose jurisdiction is to review decisions of lower courts or agencies)

assizes; court of assize; court of assize and nisi prius (the county courts of England (replaced in 1971 by crown courts))

chancery; court of chancery (a court with jurisdiction in equity)

consistory (a church tribunal or governing body)

criminal court (a court having jurisdiction over criminal cases)

divorce court (a court having jurisdiction over the termination of marriage contracts)

court of domestic relations; domestic relations court; family court (a court in some states in the United States that has jurisdiction over family disputes (especially those involving children))

federal court (a court establish by the authority of a federal government)

F.I.S.C.; Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (a secret federal court created in 1978 by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; responsible for authorizing wiretaps and other forms of electronic surveillance and for authorizing searches of suspected spies and terrorists by the Department of Justice or United States intelligence agencies)

inferior court; lower court (any court whose decisions can be appealed to a higher court)

trial court (the first court before which the facts of a case are decided)

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