forensic

adjective
fo·​ren·​sic | \ fə-ˈren(t)-sik How to pronounce forensic (audio) , -ˈren-zik How to pronounce forensic (audio) \

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)

Other Words from forensic

Adjective

forensically \ fə-​ˈren(t)-​si-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce forensic (audio) , -​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.”

Examples of forensic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And the Spanish provided Ukraine with 29 forensic doctors and 10 autopsy specialists. Lauren Egan, NBC News, 7 May 2022 Multiple injuries were found on the woman during a forensic exam, arrest documents state. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 5 May 2022 International forensic specialists have joined local police in investigating more than 9,000 potential war crimes, Ukraine’s prosecutor-general, Iryna Venediktova, said this week. Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2022 Earlier in the trial, a clinical and forensic psychologist testified that Depp experienced abuse from Heard. cleveland, 5 May 2022 On Tuesday, Heard called her first witness, Dawn Hughes, a clinical and forensic psychologist who specializes in abusive relationships. Melissa Locker, Time, 4 May 2022 Corporate Rock Sucks is forensic in tracking how SST brought new business savvy to punk. Michael Friedrich, The New Republic, 3 May 2022 And there was one more crucial issue the prosecution had to deal with — one that its own forensic team uncovered. CBS News, 30 Apr. 2022 The forensic laboratory's budget has essentially remained unchanged since 2008. Leah Willingham, ajc, 30 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Providence Alaska Medical Center is investigating the workplace environment of Alaska CARES, its statewide child abuse forensic clinic, after a wave of staff departures, including the entire medical staff. Anchorage Daily News, 15 Nov. 2021 Her boyfriend’s brother, the kind woman from the forensic-anthropologists team who had made all the arrangements, and me and Bonnie. Daniel Loedel, The Atlantic, 17 Jan. 2021 The new method could beef up the field of hair forensics, which has a checkered history. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, 21 Nov. 2019 Norcross also claimed he was deprived of a fair trial because of perjured testimony by a ballistics expert with more than 30 year of experience working with the Baltimore police crime lab and Maryland State Police forensics division. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2020 Navy officials speaking at a Pentagon press briefing Tuesday would not detail the forensics conducted after the case was reported, other than to say lessons are being learned and new best practices are being put into place. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, 24 Mar. 2020 Students will gain a greater understanding of biology, forensics, and epidemiology, and artists intrigued by fractal geometry can find new shapes to inform their designs. Popular Science, 15 Mar. 2020 Sloppy forensics, corrupt officers and haphazard investigations left few cases solved. Paulina Villegas, New York Times, 14 Dec. 2019 DeSouza was arrested after authorities matched a fingerprint from the state police forensics lab with those obtained from Canadian police on file for Allan Mann. David Owens, courant.com, 22 Aug. 2019 See More

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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 and Noun

Latin forensis public, forensic, from forum forum

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“Forensic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forensic. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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forensic

adjective
fo·​ren·​sic | \ fə-ˈren(t)-sik How to pronounce forensic (audio) , -ˈren-zik How to pronounce forensic (audio) \

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

forensic

adjective
fo·​ren·​sic | \ fə-ˈren-sik, -zik How to pronounce forensic (audio) \

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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