ev·​i·​den·​tia·​ry | \ ˌe-və-ˈden-chə-rē How to pronounce evidentiary (audio) , -chē-ˌer-ē \

Definition of evidentiary

1 : being, relating to, or affording evidence photographs of evidentiary value
2 : conducted so that evidence may be presented an evidentiary hearing

Examples of evidentiary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In late September 1955, less than one month after Emmett was killed, Bryant Donham testified under oath during an evidentiary hearing in Bryant's trial. Justin Gamble, CNN, 26 July 2022 Following the new motion, the judge set an evidentiary hearing for Friday, July 1, at 9 a.m. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 27 June 2022 The evidentiary portion of Doughty’s trial lasted less than two full days. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 24 June 2022 What has gotten press coverage is that the prosecutors are using the rappers’ lyrics against them in an evidentiary manner. Josh Wilson, Forbes, 15 June 2022 The questionable testimony from Billiot came on the second day of an evidentiary hearing on those motions in open court. Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, 17 May 2022 In the filing, Tully asks for there to be an evidentiary hearing where attorneys can question multiple forensic examiners, FBI special agents involved in the case, two federal prosecutors, two witnesses and others. Sonia Moghe, CNN, 3 May 2022 In a March 15 evidentiary hearing in front of the Foreign Affairs Committee, called in the wake of the invasion, witnesses and members of parliament discussed the novel use of privacy laws by oligarchs. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 It’s a stock market theory that is more self-fulfilling than evidentiary. Jon Markman, Forbes, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of evidentiary

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Evidentiary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evidentiary. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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ev·​i·​den·​tia·​ry | \ ˌe-və-ˈden-chə-rē, -chē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce evidentiary (audio) \

Legal Definition of evidentiary

1 : being, relating to, or affording evidence photographs of evidentiary value
2 : conducted so that evidence may be presented an evidentiary hearing

Other Words from evidentiary

evidentiarily adverb


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