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forensic

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

Definition of forensic

  1. 1 :  belonging to, used in, or suitable to courts of judicature or to public discussion and debate

  2. 2 :  argumentative, rhetorical

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

forensically

play \-si-k(ə-)lē, -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.”

Origin and Etymology of forensic

Latin forensis public, forensic, from forum forum


First Known Use: 1659


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forensic

noun fo·ren·sic

Definition of forensic

  1. 1 :  an argumentative exercise

  2. 2 plural but sing or plural in constr :  the art or study of argumentative discourse

  3. 3 plural but sing or plural in constr :  the application of scientific knowledge to legal problems; especially :  scientific analysis of physical evidence (as from a crime scene)

1814

First Known Use of forensic

1814

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FORENSIC Defined for English Language Learners

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forensic

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

Definition of forensic for English Language Learners

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

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


Medical Dictionary

forensic

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

Medical Definition of forensic

  1. :  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>


Law Dictionary

forensic

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

Legal Definition of forensic

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

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

forensically

adverb

Origin and Etymology of forensic

Latin forensis public, forensic, from forum forum


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