hearsay evidence


: evidence based not on a witness's personal knowledge but on another's statement not made under oath

Examples of hearsay evidence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More liberal rules allowing hearsay evidence allowed lawyers for the Brown and Goldman families to use excerpts from Nicole’s diaries. Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2024 Heather Honey, who owns a Pennsylvania company that worked on the state senate’s partisan election audit last year, testified about her failure to obtain public records and introduced hearsay evidence from affidavits. Ray Stern, USA TODAY, 25 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hearsay evidence was in 1753

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Cite this Entry

“Hearsay evidence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearsay%20evidence. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

hearsay evidence

: a statement made out of court and not under oath that is offered as proof that what is stated is true

Legal Definition

hearsay evidence

see evidence

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