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 Part of the challenge is compiling an evidentiary record that can withstand the scrutiny of federal judges, including a Supreme Court that is considerably more conservative than the one that ruled on Shelby County. Mike Debonis, Anchorage Daily News, 18 May 2021 That result would almost certainly set the stage for Dobbs or another case concerning the same issue to make its way back to the Court later on — maybe this time with a fuller evidentiary record. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 17 May 2021 In the event of litigation, the court’s role is to assess the already existing evidentiary record. David Tuller California Healthline, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2021 Each of those legitimate alternatives, however, imposes some sort of evidentiary burden. Phil Levy, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Regardless, Duchenne believed that the use of photography and other technical systems would transform the squishy business of representation into something objective and evidentiary, more suitable for scientific study. Kate Crawford, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2021 At an evidentiary hearing in San Diego April 8 to determine whether to extend the restraining order, both Porter and McWhorter testified about the events of April 9 in front of San Diego Superior Court Judge Lisa Rodriguez. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2021 Before the April 15 filing by the County Attorney's Office, Kathleen Brody asked the court for an evidentiary hearing in hopes of presenting findings in support of her client, Kaleb Martin. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, 3 May 2021 In an order issued Thursday, District Judge Robert Docherty ruled that Lemarr voluntarily gave up the animals and denied her request for an evidentiary hearing on the issue. John Reinan, Star Tribune, 21 Jan. 2021

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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 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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