Etymology
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tried (adj.)

"tested, proven, trusty," mid-14c., past-participle adjective from try (v.). Coupled since mid-14c. with true.

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Definitions of tried

tried (adj.)
tested and proved useful or correct;
Synonyms: tested / well-tried
tried (adj.)
tested and proved to be reliable;
Synonyms: tested / time-tested / tried and true
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