character witness


: a person who gives evidence in a legal action concerning the reputation, conduct, and moral nature of a party

Examples of character witness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As part of Majors’ legal team’s response to Rolling Stone’s request for comment on the abuse allegations, his attorneys sent six character witness statements from women who Majors had dated or was close with. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 29 June 2023 And when Anderson asked to be released on bond, Gantt was there to serve as a character witness along with eight Georgia football players in asking for his release. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 28 June 2023 In a side plot, Ford’s police character witnesses his partner illegally shoot someone. Zack Sharf, Variety, 2 June 2023 David uses the ensuing criminal trial as a vehicle to bring back a host of characters — now character witnesses — who had roles throughout the show’s nine seasons, calling and flashing back to remind viewers of the main characters’ offensive behavior. Frederic J. Frommer, Washington Post, 12 May 2023 At the end of the series finale, which was watched by a now unimaginable audience of 76 million people, the gang winds up in jail after that trial in which a parade of character witnesses, many of them wronged by the defendants over nine seasons, attest to their unethical behavior. Maya Salam, New York Times, 12 May 2023 Volatile spouses are not usually the most reliable character witnesses, so quoting Taubes’s reference to his wife as Krupskaya can hardly convince. Susan Neiman, The New York Review of Books, 6 Apr. 2023 Mauro testified as a character witness. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 1 Oct. 2020 Those taking the stand include Betty’s husband, Allan Gore, sounding more like a character witness for the accused. Dallas News, 10 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of character witness was circa 1832

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Cite this Entry

“Character witness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Legal Definition

character witness

see witness

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