forensic

adjective
fo·​ren·​sic | \fə-ˈren(t)-sik, -ˈren-zik \

Definition of forensic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : belonging to, used in, or suitable to courts of judicature or to public discussion and debate a lawyer's forensic skills

2 : argumentative, rhetorical forensic eloquence

3 : relating to or dealing with the application of scientific knowledge to legal problems forensic medicine forensic science forensic pathologist forensic experts

forensic

noun

Definition of forensic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an argumentative exercise

2 forensics plural in form but singular or plural in construction : the art or study of argumentative discourse

3 forensics plural in form but singular or plural in construction : the application of scientific knowledge to legal problems especially : scientific analysis of physical evidence (as from a crime scene)

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Other Words from forensic

Adjective

forensically \ fə-​ˈren(t)-​si-​k(ə-​)lē , -​ˈren-​zi-​ \ adverb

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The noun forensic, meaning “an argumentative exercise” derives from the adjective forensic, whose earliest meaning in English is “belonging to, used in, or suitable to courts or to public discussion and debate.” The English word was derived from a Latin word forensic meaning “of the market place or form, public,” which in turn comes from the Latin word forum, meaning “market place, forum.”

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Both were released after passing forensic testing and denying any involvement in the shooting, the lawsuit said. CBS News, "Man wrongly identified as suspect in 2016 attack sues Dallas police," 12 July 2018 Tracking New Crypto Coins Until now, Chainalysis has only focused its forensic work on one blockchain—the first and most famous one, which belongs to bitcoin. Fortune Staff, Fortune, "Chainalysis Raises $16M Series A, Plans to Track 10 More Cryptocurrencies," 5 Apr. 2018 In the wake of those appearances, some senators said the companies should do more forensic work to understand how their networks were manipulated. Bloomberg.com, "Facebook, Twitter, Google CEOs Face Calls to Testify to Congress," 15 Mar. 2018 Besides, tracking criminals is just one line of business for forensic firms. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "To Catch A Bitcoin Thief, Call These Detectives," 27 June 2018 Back on the stand, Detective Leonpacher details his forensic analysis of Rickman's cellphone. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Was alleged rape and shooting death investigation influenced by reality TV cameras?," 30 June 2018 The research contradicts a forensic analysis of the remains in 1941 that described the bones as belonging to a male. James Rogers, Fox News, "Amelia Earhart signed document discovered in attic box," 27 June 2018 They would then be taken to the United States, most likely to Hawaii, for what could be a lengthy process of forensic analysis aimed at determining the service members' identities so that families can be notified. Dan Lamothe, Anchorage Daily News, "US military expecting repatriation of troop remains from North Korea in coming days," 21 June 2018 They would then be taken to the United States, probably to Hawaii, for what could be a lengthy process of forensic analysis aimed at determining the service members’ identities so that families can be confirmed. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "U.S. military is expecting repatriation of troop remains from North Korea in coming days," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Abby ended the episode in her true NCIS home, her lab, packing up some dolls and leaving a copy of Abby's Lab for Dummies for the next forensics specialist. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'NCIS' recap: How Pauley Perrette's Abby says goodbye, after a big twist and lots of flashbacks," 9 May 2018 Glendale budgeted $110,865 for a new forensics specialist. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "'We had sewage coming up from the drains': 5 ways northwest Valley cities are upgrading," 25 June 2018 The firm often represents corporations, hedge funds or law firms, providing a sort of public-records forensics that resembles journalism. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Fusion GPS Founder Hauled From the Shadows for the Russia Election Investigation," 8 Jan. 2018 Although those files weren't found on Uber servers, computer forensics experts testified that the information could be stored practically anywhere. Tracey Lien, latimes.com, "Uber reaches settlement with Waymo in dispute over trade secrets," 10 Feb. 2018 Metzman supposes with abandon, goes in for a few red herrings, and doesn’t shy away from financial forensics. Beth Kephart, Philly.com, "Frances Metzman's 'Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Bay': The rules of dancing, life, and rocking thongs in a retirement village," 6 July 2018 Weintraub said the investigation involving the FBI and federal ATF agents is ongoing and more charges might be possible depending on whether forensics link the previous devices and explosions. Fox News, "Owner of chemical sales firm arrested in explosions probe," 28 June 2018 The new space will house instructional areas for physics, biology, chemistry, environmental science, anatomy and forensics labs. Janice Neumann, Daily Southtown, "Marist High School plans to turn monastery into science labs, planetarium," 27 June 2018 Police used surveillance footage from a neighbor across the street and forensics to arrest Ricafrente, Dailey said. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Woman faces hate crime charge for ripping bibles, setting fire at church," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of forensic

Adjective

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for forensic

Adjective

Latin forensis public, forensic, from forum forum

Noun

see forensic entry 1

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forensic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of forensic

: relating to the use of scientific knowledge or methods in solving crimes

: relating to, used in, or suitable to a court of law

forensic

adjective
fo·​ren·​sic | \fə-ˈren(t)-sik, -ˈren-zik \

Medical Definition of forensic 

: relating to or dealing with the application of scientific knowledge to legal problems especially in regard to criminal evidence a forensic pathologist forensic experts … a forensic technique of DNA analysis allows for the determination of whether a subject with a specific genetic profile has contributed to aggregate genomic data.— Kathy L. Hudson, The New England Journal of Medicine, 15 Sept. 2011

forensic

adjective
fo·​ren·​sic | \fə-ˈren-sik, -zik \

Legal Definition of forensic 

1 : belonging to, used in, or suitable to the courts or to public discussion and debate

2 : relating to or dealing with the application of scientific knowledge (as of medicine or linguistics) to legal problems forensic pathology forensic experts

Other Words from forensic

forensically adverb

History and Etymology for forensic

Latin forensis public, forensic, from forum forum

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