[vwahr deer; French vwar deer]
- 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.
Origin of voir dire
1670–80; < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French voir true, truly + dire to say
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- 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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1670s, from Old French voir "true" + dire "to say" (see diction).
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