hearsay

noun hear·say \ ˈhir-ˌsā \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of hearsay

1 : rumor
  • like the hearsays bandied about by the medievalists
  • —S. N. Behrman

Examples of hearsay in a Sentence

  1. You can't judge them solely on the basis of hearsay.

  2. They're supposedly getting married soon, but that's just hearsay.

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First Known Use of hearsay

circa 1532


HEARSAY Defined for English Language Learners

hearsay

noun

Definition of hearsay for English Language Learners

  • : something heard from another person : something that you have been told


HEARSAY Defined for Kids

hearsay

noun hear·say \ ˈhir-ˌsā \

Definition of hearsay for Students

: something heard from another : rumor
  • “Is there any clear proof of this … or is it mere hearsay?”
  • —Robert Lawson, Rabbit Hill

Law Dictionary

hearsay

noun hear·say \ ˈhir-ˌsā \

legal Definition of hearsay

: a statement made out of court and not under oath which is offered as proof that what is stated is true called also hearsay evidence


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