voir dire

[vwahr deer; French vwar deer]
noun Law.
  1. an oath administered to a proposed witness or juror by which he or she is sworn to speak the truth in an examination to ascertain his or her competence.
  2. the examination itself.

Origin of voir dire

1670–80; < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French voir true, truly + dire to say
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British Dictionary definitions for voir dire

voir dire

noun law
  1. the preliminary examination on oath of a proposed witness by the judge
  2. the oath administered to such a witness

Word Origin for voir dire

C17: from Old French: to speak the truth
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Word Origin and History for voir dire

1670s, from Old French voir "true" + dire "to say" (see diction).

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