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 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 Safer said the shoddy investigation turned up no evidence that Bolden had been involved in the drug deal and no physical or forensic evidence tied him to the murder scene. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, 12 Oct. 2021 LaSalle County Coroner Richard Ploch said Oct. 6 that the samples sent to ISP forensic labs were expedited from the very beginning. al, 12 Oct. 2021 The suspect is at large after Rock Hill Police deployed their K-9 unit, as well as patrol officers, detectives, and forensic units to the scene. Fox News, 12 Oct. 2021 Narratively, the show proposes a unique take on the investigative crime drama genre, with its cases seen from the perspective of a young forensic sketch artist. Jamie Lang, Variety, 11 Oct. 2021 When authorities target a suspect, the unit will be key in an environment where timing is critical, and evidence integrity can make or break a case, said Zeus Flores, a digital forensic examiner for the task force. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2021 Being able to produce such explosions at will from several miles away, while leaving no forensic traces, could make the new weapon far more effective than its power output suggests. David Hambling, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 At the time of his 1998 retirement, Dr. Breitenecker was the only physician on the East Coast, family members said, who was quadruple-board-certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, forensic pathology and transfusion medicine. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, 6 Oct. 2021 Many of the fatal wounds were disfiguring, with several inmates beheaded or burned black, the police forensic team told CNN -- testament to the ferocity of the clashes and explosions that began on Tuesday. Stefano Pozzebon And Ana Maria Canizares, CNN, 6 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 GrayKey is a forensics tool used by law enforcement to access locked and encrypted iPhones. Brian Barrett, Wired, 21 Mar. 2020

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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 22 Oct. 2021.

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forensic

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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 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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