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)

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Other Words from forensic

Adjective

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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The suspect linked to the recent shooting deaths of four professionals, including a prominent forensic psychiatrist involved in the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation, in a three-day period was found dead in an Arizona hotel Monday, police said. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Arizona suspect linked to 4 recent shooting deaths found dead in hotel room, police say," 2 Oct. 2018 The remains of at least 26,000 people are in government custody at forensic institutions across Mexico, waiting to be identified. Amy Guthrie, The Seattle Times, "No ‘financial ceiling’ in search for missing in Mexico," 24 Mar. 2019 The House Intelligence Committee has sought to bolster its investigative staff with financial and forensic accounting experts, part of an expansion of the Trump-Russia probe since Democrats gained control of the chamber. Greg Miller, The Seattle Times, "House Intelligence chairman voices concern that Mueller’s scrutiny of Trump’s finances isn’t adequate," 10 Feb. 2019 His business is not known for conducting big forensic investigations. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "How Exactly Did The National Enquirer Get Those Private Jeff Bezos Texts?," 9 Feb. 2019 Audience obsession over the romantic lives of celebrities spans across popular media, whether there’s gossip about Drake’s latest fling or forensic investigations of the latest Taylor Swift album for evidence of new flames. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "For women on Twitch, disclosing their relationship status is a minefield," 8 Aug. 2018 Privacy - Terms Read More Officials searching for person of interest after 3 found shot dead in NC home More forensic investigation will be completed to determine if the body is Powell, the sheriff's office said. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Body found in woods believed to be man wanted in North Carolina triple homicide," 15 June 2018 The itinerant nature of DNA has serious implications for forensic investigations. Katie Worth, WIRED, "Framed for Murder By His Own DNA," 19 Apr. 2018 He's led a narcotics task force, a forensic investigations unit and a gang activity unit. Naperville Sun, "Letters to the editor: VFW post more than just a building, Bibbiano has qualifications for DuPage sheriff," 15 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The scene was quiet outside the house Monday night, but a heavy police presence, including a vehicle for a forensics team, was evident. Michael Levenson, BostonGlobe.com, "Bodies of three women found at home of Springfield kidnapping suspect identified," 4 June 2018 Using a list of students who began the day in the art classes, student photo IDs and yearbook pictures, the forensics team meticulously pieced together the victims’ identities. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "Smashed supplies, crumpled bodies: Medical examiner describes 'shocking' scene at Texas school shooting," 25 May 2018 The West forensics team won state nine out of the 10 years before Shipley retired. Katy Bergen, kansascity, "Shawnee Mission West's star maker: Meet the teacher who inspired Rudd and Sudeikis," 29 May 2018 The allegations are backed up by data collected from service provider logs, Bitcoin transaction tracing, and additional forensics. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How they did it (and will likely try again): GRU hackers vs. US elections," 27 July 2018 At a conference of law-enforcement forensics officials last week, someone asked David Miles what would happen if Apple Inc. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Meet Apple’s Security Headache: The GrayKey, a Startup’s iPhone-Hacking Box," 14 June 2018 Cuba’s chief forensics official, Jorge Gonzalez, said all families had been contacted and asked to provide blood and objects such as photographs and toothbrushes that could be used in identifications. Washington Post, "Cubans mourn plane crash dead, officials ID 20 bodies," 20 May 2018 The spokesman said team members included a forensics expert tasked with covering up evidence in the event force had to be used against Mr. Khashoggi. Ian Talley, WSJ, "Saudis to Seek Death Penalty in Khashoggi Killing," 15 Nov. 2018 And an Illinois State Police forensics expert has testified about bullets and shell casings found at the scene, which all came from the same gun. Fox News, "The Latest: Jury views photos of Laquan McDonald's wounds," 19 Sep. 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 and Noun

Latin forensis public, forensic, from forum forum

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forensic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of forensic

law
: relating to the use of scientific knowledge or methods in solving crimes
somewhat formal : relating to, used in, or suitable to a court of law

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, 15 Sept. 2011

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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