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

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Judge Daniel Green was expected to rule on whether to allow an evidentiary review this summer. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "Maya Moore Left Basketball. A Prisoner Needed Her Help.," 30 June 2019 A few years ago when the unemployment rate was sky-high, there was widespread social panic about the idea that robots were taking all the jobs, but the evidentiary basis of this concern was always extremely weak. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The big question about today’s economy — are wages going to start growing?," 23 Aug. 2018 On Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper indicated the investigation by the board, which had scheduled an evidentiary hearing for Jan. 11, would continue. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "North Carolina Election Board Disbands Amid Still Contested Congressional Race," 28 Dec. 2018 Seven of the nine board members, with the exception of two Republicans, agreed to delay certifying the results until an evidentiary hearing on or before December 21. Dylan Scott, Vox, "What we know about the alleged election fraud plot in North Carolina," 8 Dec. 2018 Mason said the videos were not considered to have any evidentiary value, but Finegar questioned why investigators did not attempt to speak with people seen in the videos walking on the sidewalk in the area within minutes of the shooting. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Judge declares mistrial Thursday in third Keith Davis Jr. trial," 21 June 2018 Johnson questioned the credibility of witnesses and said the shell casings have little evidentiary value because the scene was trampled by paramedics and others who might have scattered them. Dan Hinkel, chicagotribune.com, "Trial opens in 2015 police shooting in which bat-wielding teen and bystander were killed," 18 June 2018 Now, prosecutors and the Rockford police department must turn over all paper and electronic records that mention Pursley’s case by Dec. 20, when an evidentiary hearing is scheduled. Ivan Moreno, The Seattle Times, "Illinois police accused of planting gun in 1994 murder case," 13 Nov. 2018 Such hearings can cover a host of issues, including evidentiary and procedural matters. Fox News, "Ex-officer who killed Australian woman to appear in court," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of evidentiary

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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