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hearsay evidence

noun, Law.
1.
testimony based on what a witness has heard from another person rather than on direct personal knowledge or experience.
Origin of hearsay evidence
1745-1755
1745-55
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Examples from the Web for hearsay evidence
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  • The members of the Commission were not content with hearsay evidence.

  • And this was accurate; his knowledge of all three was based on hearsay evidence.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
  • But depositions are written upon paper, and hearsay evidence is not admitted.

    Under False Pretences Adeline Sergeant
  • The objection to the exclusion of hearsay evidence is equally unfounded.

    Ethics in Service William Howard Taft
  • I respectfully submit to this court that I seriously object to the introduction of hearsay evidence.

    The Lost Despatch Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • Yes, Monsieur, but surely you know the rule about hearsay evidence.

  • If Paul ever lived, which none can prove and many deny, his evidence for the Resurrection was only hearsay evidence.

    God and my Neighbour Robert Blatchford
  • Yes, monsieur, but surely you know the rule about hearsay evidence.

    A Cynic Looks at Life Ambrose Bierce
  • Some one had really—no hearsay evidence—seen the notorious apparition at last.

    Scottish Ghost Stories Elliott O'Donnell
  • At other islands I heard things relative to Dunn's property, but could get nothing but hearsay evidence.

    A Modern Buccaneer Rolf Boldrewood
British Dictionary definitions for hearsay evidence

hearsay evidence

noun
1.
(law) evidence based on what has been reported to a witness by others rather than what he has himself observed or experienced (not generally admissible as evidence)
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