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[fuh-ren-sik] /fəˈrɛn sɪk/
pertaining to, connected with, or used in courts of law or public discussion and debate.
adapted or suited to argumentation; rhetorical.
forensics, (used with a singular or plural verb) the art or study of argumentation and formal debate.
Origin of forensic
1650-60; < Latin forēns(is) of, belonging to the forum, public (see forum, -ensis) + -ic
Related forms
[fuh-ren-si-kal-i-tee] /fəˌrɛn sɪˈkæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
forensically, adverb
nonforensic, adjective
nonforensically, adverb
unforensic, adjective
unforensically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for forensic
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  • I shall enter my appearance in the forensic costume of wig and gown.

  • But I say to him, in such a case how could I possibly have acquired any forensic distinction?

  • It is, of course, poisonous, but as yet has no forensic importance.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • forensic, having to do with the law; ballistics, the science of projectiles.

    The Arrow of Fire

    Roy J. Snell
  • His forensic habits were excessively simple, but very effective.

    Men of Our Times Harriet Beecher Stowe
British Dictionary definitions for forensic


relating to, used in, or connected with a court of law: forensic science
Derived Forms
forensicality (fəˌrɛnsɪˈkælɪtɪ) noun
forensically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin forēnsis public, from forum
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Word Origin and History for forensic

"pertaining to or suitable for courts of law," 1650s, from Latin forensis "of a forum, place of assembly," from forum "public place" (see forum). Used in sense of "pertaining to legal trials," as in forensic medicine (1845). Related: Forensical (1580s).

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forensic in Medicine

forensic fo·ren·sic (fə-rěn'sĭk, -zĭk)
Relating to, used in, or appropriate for courts of law or for public discussion or argumentation.

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