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hearsay

[heer-sey]
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noun
  1. unverified, unofficial information gained or acquired from another and not part of one's direct knowledge: I pay no attention to hearsay.
  2. an item of idle or unverified information or gossip; rumor: a malicious hearsay.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characterized by hearsay: hearsay knowledge; a hearsay report.
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Origin of hearsay

1525–35; orig. in phrase by hear say, translation of Middle French par ouïr dire

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1. talk, scuttlebutt, babble, tittle-tattle.
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Examples from the Web for hearsays

Historical Examples

  • What is his Hell, after all these reputable, oft-repeated Hearsays, what is it?

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    Thomas Carlyle

  • The Malmesbury Diaries at this point consist chiefly of hearsays, which can readily be refuted.

  • The subjection of holy reason to hearsays could hardly go further.

  • Hearsays cannot hide it from him; he is blind, homeless, miserable, following hearsays; it glares in upon him.

  • It only disposes, necessitates and invincibly compels him to disbelieve other men's dead formulas, hearsays and untruths.


British Dictionary definitions for hearsays

hearsay

noun
  1. gossip; rumour
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Word Origin and History for hearsays

hearsay

n.

1530s, perhaps mid-15c., from phrase to hear say.

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hearsays in Culture

hearsay

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.

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