voir dire

noun \ ˈvwär-ˈdir , ˈwär- \

Definition of voir dire

: a preliminary examination to determine the competency of a witness or juror

Origin and Etymology of voir dire

Anglo-French, literally, to speak the truth


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voir dire

noun \ ˈvwär-ˈdir, ˈwär- \

legal Definition of voir dire

: a formal examination especially to determine qualification (as of a proposed witness)
  • the judge admitted the witness's expert testimony after a voir dire by the attorney
; especially : the act or process of questioning prospective jurors to determine which are qualified (as by freedom from bias) and suited for service on a jury

Origin and Etymology of voir dire

Anglo-French, to speak the truth


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voir dire

transitive verb

legal Definition of voir dire

voir dired; voir diring
: to examine in a voir dire proceeding
  • a motion to voir dire the witness outside the presence of the jury
  • voir diring prospective jurors as to their beliefs concerning the death penalty
  • State v. Ortiz, 540 P.2d 850 (1975) (concur)

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