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hearsay evidence

noun, Law.
testimony based on what a witness has heard from another person rather than on direct personal knowledge or experience.
Origin of hearsay evidence
1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for hearsay evidence
  • They allow the use of hearsay evidence, which similarly deprives the defendant of an opportunity to cross-examine his accuser.
  • The employee also denied coming to work intoxicated and the employer had no non-hearsay evidence that he did so.
  • No finding of fact or decision may be based solely on uncorroborated, hearsay evidence.
  • hearsay evidence is admissible in deportation proceedings unless its use is fundamentally unfair.
  • If the test of substantial trustworthiness of hearsay evidence is met, a finding of good cause has also implicitly been made.
  • Probable cause means substantial evidence, which can be based entirely or partly on hearsay evidence.
  • For good cause, the court may allow hearsay evidence.
  • The finding of probable cause may be based upon hearsay evidence in whole or in part.
British Dictionary definitions for hearsay evidence

hearsay evidence

(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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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