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forensic

[ fuh-ren-sik ]
/ fəˈrɛn sɪk /
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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.

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disputation, rhetoric, debate

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foremother, forename, forenamed, forenoon, forenoon watch, forensic, forensic accountant, forensic anthropology, forensic chemistry, forensic dentistry, forensic medicine

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 Formsforensicality (fəˌrɛnsɪˈkælɪtɪ), nounforensically, adverb

Word Origin for forensic

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

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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