to examine by questions intended to check a previous examination; examine closely or minutely.
Law. to examine (a witness called by the opposing side), as for the purpose of discrediting the witness's testimony.
- cross-ex·am·i·na·tion, noun
- cross-ex·am·in·er, noun
- un·cross-ex·am·ined, adjective
- Compare direct-examine.
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How to use cross-examine in a sentence
If the witness did in fact witness such a terrible crime, the testimony will survive in the crucible of cross-examination.
Olson praises Boies as “better at cross-examination than any trial lawyer I have ever seen.”
While the public gasped at this specious statement, the defense took over for cross examination.
Cross-examination is to ask questions, not to make declarative statements to test the story told on direct examination.Pistorius’s Cross-Examination Could Have Been Grounds for a Mistrial in a U.S. Court | James D. Zirin | May 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The cardinal rule of cross-examination is that the examiner must not make statements or make speeches.Pistorius’s Cross-Examination Could Have Been Grounds for a Mistrial in a U.S. Court | James D. Zirin | May 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Proceeding in his cross examination, the counsel asked where the affray happened?The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Both of us were sorely put to it under Doria's indignant and suspicious cross-examination.Jaffery | William J. Locke
In fact, he subjected me to a long sort of cross-examination respecting our friend Leonard here.The Devil-Tree of El Dorado | Frank Aubrey
"I rather think not," said the Knight, who was by no means sorry to turn Mr. Dempsey from cross-examination into mere narrative.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II) | Charles James Lever
Mr. Baker desired to make no cross-examination, and James's wife was called, and testified in her quaint way to the same effect.By The Sea | Heman White Chaplin
British Dictionary definitions for cross-examine
law to examine (a witness for the opposing side), as in attempting to discredit his testimony: Compare examine-in-chief
to examine closely or relentlessly
- cross-examination, noun
- cross-examiner, noun
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