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excited utterance

noun ex·cit·ed ut·ter·ance

legal Definition of excited utterance

: a statement that concerns a startling event (as a physical assault) and that is made by a person while under stress caused by the event — see also res gestae, spontaneous declaration at declaration — compare dying declaration at declaration
Note: Excited utterances are an exception to the hearsay rule even if the declarant is unavailable as a witness.

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