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Etymology [ edit ]
From the phrase
by , a translation of hear say Middle French (1525–1535).
par ouïr dire
Pronunciation [ edit ]
hearsay ( usually , uncountable plural )
Information that was heard by one person about another that cannot be adequately substantiated.
( law ) Evidence based on the reports of others, which is normally inadmissible because it was not made under oath, rather than on personal knowledge. ( law ) An out-of-court statement offered in court for the truth of the matter asserted, which is normally inadmissible because it is not subject to cross-examination unless the hearsay statement falls under one of a number of exceptions.
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information that was heard by one person about another
слух (bg) m ( sluh ), мълва (bg) f ( mǎlva ) Chinese:
Mandarin: 傳聞 , (zh) 传闻 (zh) ( chuánwén ), 風聞 , (zh) 风闻 (zh) ( fēngwén ) Czech:
, van horen zeggen gerucht (nl) Finnish:
juoru , (fi) kuulopuhe (fi) French:
ouï-dire (fr) , m on-dit (fr) , m rumeur (fr) f German:
Hörensagen (de) , n Gerücht (de) n Hungarian:
, hallomás mendemonda (hu) Irish:
scéal scéil m Italian:
, sentito dire diceria (it) , f pettegolezzo (it) m Japanese: 伝聞 ( でんぶん, denbun ), うわさ (ja) ( uwasa )
(law) evidence based on the reports of others rather than on personal knowledge
(law) an out-of-court statement offered in court for the truth of the matter asserted
Adjective [ edit ]
hearsay ( not )
( law ) that is related to, contains, or tells hearsay
The testimony of this hearsay witness is not an evidence.
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