Definition of court martial in English:

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court martial

Pronunciation: /ˌkɔːt ˈmɑːʃ(ə)l/

noun (plural courts martial or court martials)

A judicial court for trying members of the armed services accused of offences against military law: they appeared before a court martial [mass noun]: he was found guilty by court martial
More example sentences
  • As the convening officer then, he appoints both the members of the court martial who are officers, as well as the judge advocate.
  • The guiding principle for the selection of members of a court martial is that they should be officers who are not under the command of the higher authority.
  • If so, it is expected they will face trial before a military court martial.

verb (court-martials, court-martialling, court-martialled; US court-martials, court-martialing, court-martialed)

(court-martial) [with object]
Try (someone) by a court martial: they were court-martialled and imprisoned
More example sentences
  • In a celebrated case in the USA in the late 1960s, a US army doctor was court-martialled for refusing to provide medical training for special forces.
  • This was enforced by interrupting transmissions and even arresting and court-martialing reporters.
  • He was court-martialed for refusing to obey an order and received a bad-conduct discharge from the Army in 1995.

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