pertaining to, connected with, or used in courts of law or public discussion and debate.
adapted or suited to argumentation; rhetorical.


forensics, (used with a singular or plural verb) the art or study of argumentation and formal debate.

Origin of forensic

1650–60; < Latin forēns(is) of, belonging to the forum, public (see forum, -ensis) + -ic
Related formsfo·ren·si·cal·i·ty [fuh-ren-si-kal-i-tee] /fəˌrɛn sɪˈkæl ɪ ti/, nounfo·ren·si·cal·ly, adverbnon·fo·ren·sic, adjectivenon·fo·ren·si·cal·ly, adverbun·fo·ren·sic, adjectiveun·fo·ren·si·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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relating to, used in, or connected with a court of lawforensic science
Derived Formsforensicality (fəˌrɛnsɪˈkælɪtɪ), nounforensically, adverb

Word Origin for forensic

C17: from Latin forēnsis public, from forum
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Word Origin and History for forensic

"pertaining to or suitable for courts of law," 1650s, from Latin forensis "of a forum, place of assembly," from forum "public place" (see forum). Used in sense of "pertaining to legal trials," as in forensic medicine (1845). Related: Forensical (1580s).

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Medicine definitions for forensic




Relating to, used in, or appropriate for courts of law or for public discussion or argumentation.
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