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    Which is the correct word for....?

    Would you help find the correct word (maybe a prefix) that shows the action in question is redundant or unnecessary because the outcome is evident or fixed. Like a trial; when a famous person, having evidently committed a crime, is on trial, but will certainly be acquitted.

    Thank you!

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    Re: Which is the correct word for....?

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    Would you help find the correct word (maybe a prefix) that shows the action in question is redundant or unnecessary because the outcome is evident or fixed. Like a trial; when a famous person, having evidently committed a crime, is on trial, but will certainly be acquitted.

    Thank you!
    You may be looking for "predetermined".

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    Re: Which is the correct word for....?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    You may be looking for "predetermined".
    And can we call a predetermined trial a window dressing trial?

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    Re: Which is the correct word for....?

    I would call it a show trial. (In the former Soviet Union the outcomes of trials were predetermined. Those trials were show trials.)

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    Re: Which is the correct word for....?

    A whitewash, a foregone conclusion, a travesty, a fix, a set-up. A kangaroo court.
    Last edited by curmudgeon; 11-Dec-2006 at 01:32.

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    Re: Which is the correct word for....?

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    And can we call a predetermined trial a window dressing trial?
    I wouldn't use "predetermined before "trial"; it is the outcome that is predetermined. One could say the trial was window dressing, but not usually a window dressing trial.

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    Re: Which is the correct word for....?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I wouldn't use "predetermined before "trial"; it is the outcome that is predetermined. One could say the trial was window dressing, but not usually a window dressing trial.
    Should we say "the trial that was predetermined.........." instead?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    (In the former Soviet Union the outcomes of trials were predetermined.

    ~R
    So were in Hungary and, I think, in every other former (?) Iron Curtain country.
    Last edited by retro; 11-Dec-2006 at 17:57.

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    Re: Which is the correct word for....?

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    Would you help find the correct word (maybe a prefix) that shows the action in question is redundant or unnecessary because the outcome is evident or fixed. Like a trial; when a famous person, having evidently committed a crime, is on trial, but will certainly be acquitted.

    Thank you!
    If you specifically want a prefix, it would be 'pseudo-'. There isn't a collocation (however weak) between pseudo- and trial, but that would be the one to use.

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    Should we say "the trial that was predetermined.........." instead?
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    It'd be much better to use one of the synonyms suggested by curmudgeon. Or you could use the term 'rigged' instead of 'predetermined'.

    b

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    Re: Which is the correct word for....?

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    Should we say "the trial that was predetermined.........." instead?


    So were in Hungary and, I think, in every other former (?) Iron Curtain country.
    Again, it is not the trial; it is the outcome, the verdict, the result.

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