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voir dire

[vwahr deer; French vwar deer] /ˈvwɑr ˈdɪər; French vwar ˈdir/
noun, Law.
an oath administered to a proposed witness or juror by which he or she is sworn to speak the truth in an examination to ascertain his or her competence.
the examination itself.
Origin of voir dire
1670-80; < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French voir true, truly + dire to say Unabridged
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voir dire

/vwɑː ˈdɪə/
noun (law)
the preliminary examination on oath of a proposed witness by the judge
the oath administered to such a witness
Word Origin
C17: from Old French: to speak the truth
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Word Origin and History for voir dire

1670s, from Old French voir "true" + dire "to say" (see diction).

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