- 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 hearsays
What is his Hell, after all these reputable, oft-repeated Hearsays, what is it?Past and Present
The Malmesbury Diaries at this point consist chiefly of hearsays, which can readily be refuted.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
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.
- gossip; rumour
Word Origin and History for hearsays
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.