forensic

[ fuh-ren-sik ]
/ fəˈrɛn sɪk /

adjective

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

noun

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

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British Dictionary definitions for forensics (1 of 2)

forensics

/ (fəˈrɛnsɪks) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for forensics (2 of 2)

forensic

/ (fəˈrɛnsɪk) /

adjective

relating to, used in, or connected with a court of lawforensic science

Derived Forms

forensicality (fəˌrɛnsɪˈkælɪtɪ), nounforensically, adverb

Word Origin for forensic

C17: from Latin forēnsis public, from forum
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Medicine definitions for forensics

forensic

[ fə-rĕnzĭk ]

adj.

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