ev·​i·​den·​tia·​ry | \ˌe-və-ˈden-chə-rē, -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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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 Whether that evidentiary showing prevails on a fuller record is not now necessary to decide. BostonGlobe.com, "Text: Federal judge’s ruling temporarily extends housing program for Hurricane Maria referees," 1 July 2018 This decision comes after Mill’s evidentiary hearing for his petition to retry his 2008 criminal trial on June 18. Jack Wisniewski, Fox News, "Meek Mill's request to overturn 2008 conviction denied," 28 June 2018 This vetting will include interrogatories, a public hearing and an evidentiary hearing. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air water company seeks rate increase to recover new reservoir costs," 28 June 2018

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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 \

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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