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hearsay

[heer-sey] /ˈhɪərˌseɪ/
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, relating to, or characterized by hearsay:
hearsay knowledge; a hearsay report.
Origin of hearsay
1525-1535
1525-35; orig. in phrase by hear say, translation of Middle French par ouïr dire
Synonyms
1. talk, scuttlebutt, babble, tittle-tattle.
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hearsay

/ˈhɪəˌseɪ/
noun
1.
gossip; rumour
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Word Origin and History for hearsay
n.

1530s, perhaps mid-15c., from phrase to hear say.

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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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