hearsay evidence

noun Law.
testimony based on what a witness has heard from another person rather than on direct personal knowledge or experience.

Origin:
1745–55

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hearsay evidence
 
n
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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Example sentences
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.
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