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res gestae

[reez jes-tee, reys] /ˈriz ˈdʒɛs ti, ˈreɪs/
plural noun
1.
things done; accomplishments; deeds.
2.
Law. the acts, circumstances, and statements that are incidental to the principal fact of a litigated matter and are admissible in evidence in view of their relevant association with that fact.
Origin of res gestae
1610-1620
First recorded in 1610-20, res gestae is from the Latin word rēs gestae
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Examples from the Web for res gestae
Historical Examples
  • Maybe you all being lawyers, in Texas this is not admissible unless it is part of the res gestae.

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • There was some argument between Coombes and Brannhard, at one point, about the difference between hearsay and res gestae.

    Little Fuzzy

    Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for res gestae

res gestae

/ˈreɪs ˈdʒɛstiː/
plural noun
1.
things done or accomplished; achievements
2.
(law) incidental facts and circumstances that are admissible in evidence because they introduce or explain the matter in issue
Word Origin
Latin
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