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hearsay

[heer-sey]
noun
1.
unverified, unofficial information gained or acquired from another and not part of one's direct knowledge: I pay no attention to hearsay.
2.
an item of idle or unverified information or gossip; rumor: a malicious hearsay.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or characterized by hearsay: hearsay knowledge; a hearsay report.

Origin:
1525–35; orig. in phrase by hear say, translation of Middle French par ouïr dire


1. talk, scuttlebutt, babble, tittle-tattle.
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hearsay (ˈhɪəˌseɪ)
 
n
gossip; rumour

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hearsay definition


Information heard by one person about another. Hearsay is generally inadmissible as evidence in a court of law because it is based on the reports of others rather than on the personal knowledge of a witness.

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