hearsay evidence


noun Law.

testimony based on what a witness has heard from another person rather than on direct personal knowledge or experience.

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Origin of hearsay evidence

First recorded in 1745–55
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British Dictionary definitions for hearsay evidence

hearsay evidence

noun

law evidence based on what has been reported to a witness by others rather than what he has himself observed or experienced (not generally admissible as evidence)
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