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forensic

adjective fo·ren·sic \ fə-ˈren(t)-sik , -ˈren-zik \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of forensic

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

forensically

play \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.”

Origin and Etymology of forensic

Latin forensis public, forensic, from forum forum


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forensic

noun

Definition of forensic

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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Origin and Etymology of forensic

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FORENSIC Defined for English Language Learners

forensic

adjective

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

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. HudsonThe New England Journal of Medicine15 Sept. 2011

Law Dictionary

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

forensically

adverb

Origin and Etymology of forensic

Latin forensis public, forensic, from forum forum


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