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forensic

[fuh-ren-sik]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to, connected with, or used in courts of law or public discussion and debate.
  2. adapted or suited to argumentation; rhetorical.
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noun
  1. forensics, (used with a singular or plural verb) the art or study of argumentation and formal debate.
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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
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  • "Now, I'll put you in a corner," forensically shaking a forefinger at him.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for forensically

forensic

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

Word Origin

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

forensic

adj.

"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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

forensically in Medicine

forensic

(fə-rĕnzĭk)
adj.
  1. Relating to, used in, or appropriate for courts of law or for public discussion or argumentation.
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