- to examine by questions intended to check a previous examination; examine closely or minutely.
- Law. to examine (a witness called by the opposing side), as for the purpose of discrediting the witness's testimony.
Origin of cross-examine
First recorded in 1655–65
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Examples from the Web for cross-examination
If the witness did in fact witness such a terrible crime, the testimony will survive in the crucible of cross-examination.There’s No Conspiracy in Ferguson’s Secret Jury
November 17, 2014
Olson praises Boies as “better at cross-examination than any trial lawyer I have ever seen.”How the Tide Turned on Gay Marriage
June 20, 2014
Cross-examination is to ask questions, not to make declarative statements to test the story told on direct examination.
The cardinal rule of cross-examination is that the examiner must not make statements or make speeches.
Later in cross-examination, Stander admitted that he had been following snippets of the trial via newspaper and on television.Witness: Pistorius Suicidal After Shooting Reeva
May 5, 2014
But no occasion arose for either defiance or cross-examination.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
Really, Sir Terence, if my word is not sufficient, I refuse to submit to cross-examination.The Snare
Alden Lytton read it, and then recommenced his cross-examination of the minister.Victor's Triumph
Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
I own that I did not feel easy under this cross-examination.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
They'd have it out on the cross-examination, at all events, if not on the direct.Barrington
Charles James Lever
- law to examine (a witness for the opposing side), as in attempting to discredit his testimonyCompare examine-in-chief
- to examine closely or relentlessly
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Word Origin and History for cross-examination
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