hearsay

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1525–35; from phrase by hear say, translation of Middle French par ouïr dire.

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hearsay (usually uncountable, plural hearsays)

  1. information that was heard by one person about another
  2. (law) evidence based on the reports of others rather than on personal knowledge; normally inadmissible because not made under oath
  3. (law) evidence: an out-of-court statement offered in court for the truth of the matter asserted; normally inadmissible because not subject to cross-examination, unless the hearsay statement falls under one of the many exceptions

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