cross-examination

cross-examine

[kraws-ig-zam-in, kros-]
verb (used with object), cross-examined, cross-examining.
1.
to examine by questions intended to check a previous examination; examine closely or minutely.
2.
Law. to examine (a witness called by the opposing side), as for the purpose of discrediting the witness's testimony.
Compare direct-examine.


Origin:
1655–65

cross-examination, noun
cross-examiner, noun
uncross-examined, adjective
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cross-examine
 
vb
1.  law Compare examine-in-chief to examine (a witness for the opposing side), as in attempting to discredit his testimony
2.  to examine closely or relentlessly
 
'cross-exami'nation
 
n
 
cross-ex'aminer
 
n

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cross-examination
also cross examination; 1827, "an examination of a witness by the other side, to 'check' the effects of previous questioning," from cross (adj.) + examination. Related: Cross-examine (1660s).
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