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From Middle English hyere-zigginge (1340), here sey (ca. 1438), from the phrase heren seien (“to hear [people] say”). Compare equally old Middle High German hœrsagen (14th c.), whence modern Hörensagen.
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- Hyphenation: hear‧say
- 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.
information that was heard by one person about another
(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