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

In early May, the Washington Post reported that police were feeding forensic sketches to their facial recognition software. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "The Strange Politics of Facial Recognition," 28 June 2019 After securing the accounts, Summa Health hired a computer forensic firm and began an investigation. Robin Goist, cleveland.com, "More than 500 Summa Health patients’ information at risk after possible data breach," 28 June 2019 Police made one critical error, admitting to reporters that Bacon’s body was embalmed before officers examined it or ran any forensic tests. Wendy Grossman Kantor, EW.com, "Who killed the Masked Marvel?," 27 June 2019 Military forensic anthropologists will then work to identify them using dental records, DNA and other clues. CBS News, "Graves of 30 U.S. Marines, sailors found on Pacific World War II battlefield," 26 June 2019 Blumental arrived with his notebook, intent on a forensic investigation, interviewing multiple villagers who witnessed the murder. Gal Beckerman, New York Times, "The Holocaust Survivor Who Deciphered Nazi Doublespeak," 24 June 2019 The Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency also assisted by gathering potential forensic evidence from the scene. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis crime: 1 dead, 2 critical in west-side triple shooting," 23 June 2019 Joe Mullins, a forensic artist with the center, said Friday. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "7-year-old Janice Pockett went missing from Tolland in 1973. An age progression photo shows what she may look like today.," 21 June 2019 While every state has public or private mental institutions, most have relegated their hospitals to ancillary roles, available only to treat a small handful of hard cases and forensic patients. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Mississippi’s Mental-Illness Policies Are Working. DOJ Is Challenging Them.," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As part of their 215-person wedding, Meskin and Schiff, 36, a director of digital forensics at QDiscovery, a provider of electronic data, have decided to give guests Hoya kerrii plants as party favors. Hilary Sheinbaum, BostonGlobe.com, "Something borrowed, something green," 28 June 2019 The girls’ jewelry, purses and money were not missing and state forensics experts at the time said neither girl had been raped. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Lawyers fear prosecutors are fishing for info as they house Death Row inmate with their client," 14 June 2019 To the forensics team, the cadaver was known as CAR-18-45. Carlo Gabuco, National Geographic, "Death rituals help restless spirits find peace in the Philippines," 9 Apr. 2019 In the years immediately after the killing, investigators conducted more than 500 interviews, overworked forensics experts and tested the DNA of more than 70 potential suspects, according to reports. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Lawyers fear prosecutors are fishing for info as they house Death Row inmate with their client," 14 June 2019 The Justice Administrative Commission pays attorneys, investigators, forensics experts and others on behalf of criminal defendants who can’t afford representation when there is a conflict with the public defender’s office. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "Shortfall leaves attorneys, court reporters in lurch as DeSantis ponders budget," 13 June 2019 Willerslev likens the process to police forensics, in which DNA obtained from a crime scene is collected and then matched to a database of criminals. Quanta Magazine, "Ancient DNA Yields Snapshots of Vanished Ecosystems," 29 May 2019 The original version misidentified witness and computer forensics expert John Dennis Bradley. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 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

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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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