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voir dire

[vwahr deer; French vwar deer] /ˈvwɑr ˈdɪər; French vwar ˈdir/
noun, Law.
an oath administered to a proposed witness or juror by which he or she is sworn to speak the truth in an examination to ascertain his or her competence.
the examination itself.
1670-80; < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French voir true, truly + dire to say Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for voir dire

voir dire

/vwɑː ˈdɪə/
noun (law)
the preliminary examination on oath of a proposed witness by the judge
the oath administered to such a witness
Word Origin
C17: from Old French: to speak the truth
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Word Origin and History for voir dire

1670s, from Old French voir "true" + dire "to say" (see diction).

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