hearsay

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Etymology[edit]

From the phrase by hear say, a translation of Middle French par ouïr dire (1525–1535).

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  • Hyphenation: hear‧say

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hearsay ‎(usually uncountable, plural hearsays)

  1. Information that was heard by one person about another that cannot be adequately substantiated.
  2. (law) Evidence based on the reports of others rather than on personal knowledge, which is normally inadmissible because it was not made under oath.
  3. (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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hearsay ‎(not comparable)

  1. (law) that is related to, contains, or tells hearsay
    The testimony of this hearsay witness is not an evidence.

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