hearsay evidence

noun

Definition of hearsay evidence 

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

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In January 2017, Menendez previously dropped the felony charges because prosecutors improperly presented hearsay evidence to the grand jury. Matt Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "Judge plans to dismiss felony PFD fraud charges filed against former Fisheries Board nominee," 5 Mar. 2018 Like his son, Louis Till’s trial included hearsay evidence, racial profiling and the assumption that, if given a chance, a black man would always rape a white woman. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "What the Director of the African American History Museum Says About the New Emmett Till Revelations," 3 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of hearsay evidence

1753, in the meaning defined above

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