[ fuh-ren-sik, -zik ]
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  1. relating to, connected with, or used in courts of law, especially with reference to the scientific analysis of evidence: The defense called a professional witness with credentials in forensic toxicology.

  2. relating, adapted, or suited to argumentation or to public discussion and debate; rhetorical:The Athenians were famous for their forensic eloquence in the public forum.


Origin of forensic

First recorded in 1650–60; from Latin forēns(is) “public,” literally, “of the forum” (from for(um) forum + -ēnsis -ensis) + -ic

Other words from forensic

  • fo·ren·si·cal·i·ty [fuh-ren-si-kal-i-tee, -zi-], /fəˌrɛn sɪˈkæl ɪ ti, -zɪ-/, noun
  • fo·ren·si·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·fo·ren·sic, adjective
  • non·fo·ren·si·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·fo·ren·sic, adjective
  • un·fo·ren·si·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use forensic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for forensic


/ (fəˈrɛnsɪk) /

  1. relating to, used in, or connected with a court of law: forensic science

Origin of forensic

C17: from Latin forēnsis public, from forum

Derived forms of forensic

  • forensicality (fəˌrɛnsɪˈkælɪtɪ), noun
  • forensically, adverb

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