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hearsay

[ heer-sey ]
/ ˈhɪərˌseɪ /
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noun

unverified, unofficial information gained or acquired from another and not part of one's direct knowledge: I pay no attention to hearsay.
an item of idle or unverified information or gossip; rumor: a malicious hearsay.

adjective

of, relating to, or characterized by hearsay: hearsay knowledge; a hearsay report.

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Origin of hearsay

1525–35; originally in phrase by hear say, translation of Middle French par ouïr dire
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British Dictionary definitions for hearsay

hearsay
/ (ˈhɪəˌseɪ) /

noun

gossip; rumour
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Cultural definitions for hearsay

hearsay

Information heard by one person about another. Hearsay is generally inadmissible as evidence in a court of law because it is based on the reports of others rather than on the personal knowledge of a witness.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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