- unverified, unofficial information gained or acquired from another and not part of one's direct knowledge: I pay no attention to hearsay.
- an item of idle or unverified information or gossip; rumor: a malicious hearsay.
- of, relating to, or characterized by hearsay: hearsay knowledge; a hearsay report.
Origin of hearsay
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Examples from the Web for hearsay
He does, however, attempt to dispel some of the myths that have emerged from hearsay and rumor over the last century.How WWI Produced the Holocaust
November 21, 2014
“Every single witness is inadmissible, hearsay, triple-hearsay,” said assistant state attorney Penny Brill in court yesterday.Did Pablo Escobar Frame a Millionaire for Murdering Banana-Shipping Money Launderers?
November 11, 2014
As for the other two boys, “all we have is hearsay,” dbcoopa tells The Daily Beast.Anonymous to the Rescue in Canada Rape Case
April 12, 2013
Persevering on hearsay, spun and shifted from every possible angle, the narrator next describes Golovan—a brawny man, with a limp.The Forgotten Russian: The Genius of Nikolai Leskov
April 10, 2013
“As far as I know, it's hearsay,” that person said of the report.What’s Next for John Galliano?
Misty White Sidell
February 11, 2013
There is no religion in the world that has any other basis than hearsay evidence.The Devil's Dictionary
Remember, gentlemen, I speak only from hearsay; of myself I know nothing.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
Remember, my dear madam, all I have been telling you reached myself as hearsay.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
I had no doubt that the man knew of her being there; but he only knew it by hearsay.The Arrow of Gold
For him it was purely a matter of hearsay which could not in itself cause this emotion.Victory
- gossip; rumour
Word Origin and History for hearsay
1530s, perhaps mid-15c., from phrase to hear say.
Information heard by one person about another. Hearsay is generally inadmissible as evidence in a court of law because it is based on the reports of others rather than on the personal knowledge of a witness.