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cross–examination

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noun cross–ex·am·i·na·tion \ˈkrȯs-ig-ˌza-mə-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of cross–examination

  1. :  the examination of a witness who has already testified in order to check or discredit the witness's testimony, knowledge, or credibility — compare direct examination

cross–examine play \-ig-ˈza-mən\ verb
cross–examiner play \-ˈzam-nər, -ˈza-mə-\ noun


Circa 1707

First Known Use of cross–examination

circa 1707


Law Dictionary

cross–examination

noun cross–ex·am·i·na·tion

Legal Definition of cross–examination

  1. :  the examination of a witness who has already testified in order to check or discredit the witness's testimony, knowledge, or credibility — see also confrontation clause — compare direct examination, recross-examination, redirect examination

cross–examine verb
cross–examiner noun


Additional Notes on cross–examination

In accordance with Rule 611 of the Federal Rules of Evidence, cross-examination should only refer to matters that were covered during direct examination or that are relevant to the witness's credibility. Anything exceeding these limits is permissible at the court's discretion. Leading questions are also ordinarily allowed on cross-examination under Rule 611.


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