character witness


Definition of 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 Adam Hollingsworth, who gained national fame and adoration last year attending protests and community events on horseback, wanted to call Lightfoot as a character witness. Megan Crepeau,, 15 Nov. 2021 O’Neill’s brother-in-law, who was a sergeant in the National Guard at the time, and had served in Afghanistan, testified as a character witness. Tom Robbins, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 Philonise Floyd testified as a character witness during the trial earlier this month. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 20 Apr. 2021 The document, which resulted in a multimillion-dollar out-of-court settlement, raises serious questions about Guilfoyle’s fitness as a character witness for Trump, let alone as a top campaign official. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 1 Oct. 2020 Like former first lady Michelle Obama on Monday, the two-term commander in chief served as a character witness for Biden, his vice president and Delaware's 36-year senator. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, 19 Aug. 2020 Adding to Judge’s anger was the fact that costar Kelly Dodd had been contacting Jim, offering to be subpoenaed as a character witness in his case. Dave Quinn,, 17 Dec. 2019 Kim also serves as a character witness, telling Lalo that Jimmy is a man of integrity. David Segal, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2020 Most of the nation’s 68 immigration courts are still functioning for detainee dockets — video hearings with judges, attorneys and, sometimes, character witnesses for the immigrants in attendance. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, 31 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of character witness

circa 1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of character witness was circa 1832

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19 Nov 2021

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“Character witness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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Legal Definition of character witness

— see witness


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