voir dire

noun
\ˈvwär-ˈdir, ˈwär-\

Definition of voir dire 

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

First Known Use of voir dire

1676, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for voir dire

Anglo-French, literally, to speak the truth

Anglo-French, to speak the truth

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voir dire

noun
\ˈvwär-ˈdir, ˈwär- \

Legal Definition of voir dire 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

voir dire

transitive verb
voir dired; voir diring

Legal Definition of voir dire (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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 penaltyState v. Ortiz, 540 P.2d 850 (1975) (concur)

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