voir dire

[ vwahr-deer; French vwar-deer ]
/ ˈvwɑr ˈdɪər; French vwar ˈdir /
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noun Law.
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.
the examination itself.
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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
/ (vwɑː ˈdɪə) /

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

Word Origin for voir dire

C17: from Old French: to speak the truth
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