[ fuh-ren-siks, -ziks ]
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noun(used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. forensic science: For graduates in analytical chemistry, opportunities exist not only in the pharma sector but also in areas such as forensics and food processing.If we’ve been hacked, we’re going to need someone with experience in computer forensics and cybersecurity.

  2. Also Forensics . a branch, department, lab, etc., employing professionals skilled in forensic science: The stained garments were sent to forensics for analysis.

  1. the art or study of argumentation and formal debate: His prowess at cogent and engaging persuasion comes from his training in classical forensics.

  1. relating to, trained in, or making use of forensic science: She works in the forensics lab of a police department.A forensics expert determined that the marks were not made by teeth.

  2. of or relating to the art or study of argumentation and formal debate: In our forensics program, students learn to speak with knowledge, grace, eloquence, respect, and winsomeness.

Origin of forensics

First recorded in 1840–45; plural of forensic; cf. -ics

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British Dictionary definitions for forensics


/ (fəˈrɛnsɪks) /

  1. (functioning as singular or plural) the art or study of formal debating

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