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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Examples of evidentiary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Small differences in eligibility criteria or evidentiary requirements could yield vastly different outcomes. Felipe De La Hoz, The New Republic, "America Owes More to Its “Essential” Immigrant Workers," 19 June 2020 An evidentiary hearing is set for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "McGrath campaign denied by judge to join plaintiffs in polling location lawsuit," 18 June 2020 The arbitrator ruled on the case without conducting any evidentiary hearing whatsoever and without taking the testimony of a single witness. Jamiel Lynch, CNN, "Florida officer fired for his response during Parkland shooting will get his badge back," 15 May 2020 The court routinely holds status conferences via phone, and last week, as a result of the pandemic, Judge Hinkle held a small evidentiary hearing by video, his courtroom deputy said. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "A Major Trial for Voting Rights in Florida Is Happening on Video Chat," 27 Apr. 2020 At an evidentiary hearing in 2018 in Comanche, Texas, his attorneys presented evidence that the forensic testimony used to convict him was erroneous. Pamela Colloff, ProPublica, "33 Years After Dubious Evidence Helped Convict Him, Joe Bryan Has Been Released on Parole," 31 Mar. 2020 Relevant documentary evidence currently in the possession of the Administration will augment the existing evidentiary record and will allow Senators to reach judgments informed by all of the available facts. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Senate Democrats demand documents for impeachment trial as stalemate continues," 23 Dec. 2019 If the judge will not dismiss the charges, the defense team requested an evidentiary hearing and other pre-trial appearances, according to the filings. Lauren Del Valle, CNN, "Lori Loughlin and 13 other defendants move to dismiss charges in college admissions scandal," 2 Apr. 2020 For the most part, evidentiary hearings and jury trials, which as a practical matter have to take place in court, are not being convened — and will not proceed until the need for extreme distancing has eased. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The Courts Are Open and Functioning," 2 Apr. 2020

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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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

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evidentiarily adverb

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