hear·​say | \ ˈhir-ˌsā How to pronounce hearsay (audio) \

Definition of hearsay

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

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Examples of hearsay in a Sentence

You can't judge them solely on the basis of hearsay. They're supposedly getting married soon, but that's just hearsay.
Recent Examples on the Web For the time being, nothing is confirmed, and Carrie Ann seems to be ignoring the hearsay. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 19 Aug. 2021 There is no chance of reopening the case on a piece of flimsy hearsay, so, with no detective training and no ability to speak French, Bill decides to go ahead and find the real killer himself. Kyle Smith, National Review, 29 July 2021 That said, Elizabeth once straight-up denied the romance hearsay in an interview with Refinery29. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 12 June 2021 Organizations are searching for children who may need their help, and are relying on social media, hearsay and calls to Childline, a Ministry of Women and Child Development service which existed before Covid. Vedika Sud, Esha Mitra And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, 11 June 2021 Be careful, though, as this information can be driven by a lot of hearsay. Damian Scalerandi, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Cue today’s mass-bells and wrens and old men’s hearsay, the papers at McLean luncheonettes set for time travel. Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Brian Buckmire, a New York City public defender and an ABC News legal contributor, said most state courts allow such video, which is considered out-of-court hearsay, to be used at trial under what is called the Dying Declaration Rule. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 20 Apr. 2021 While the network refuses to confirm all the hearsay, multiple outlets have confidently reported that the show is, indeed, in development. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 17 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of hearsay

circa 1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hearsay was circa 1532

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23 Aug 2021

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“Hearsay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearsay. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hearsay

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


hear·​say | \ ˈhir-ˌsā How to pronounce hearsay (audio) \

Kids Definition of hearsay

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


hear·​say | \ ˈhir-ˌsā How to pronounce hearsay (audio) \

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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Nglish: Translation of hearsay for Spanish Speakers

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