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1525–35; from phrase by hear say, translation of Middle French par ouïr dire.
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- information that was heard by one person about another
- (law) evidence based on the reports of others rather than on personal knowledge; normally inadmissible because not made under oath
- (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
information that was heard by one person about another
evidence based on the reports of others rather than on personal knowledge