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What does witness mean?
A witness is someone who was present at or perceives an incident, event, or occurrence, as in Jamal was a witness to the fact that I completed all my homework.
People who witness something typically do so through seeing, although they can also witness a smell or sound. In order to witness an event, one must simply be present at the time the event happened, even if the witness was not directly involved.
To witness something is to see, hear, sense, or know something, as in I witnessed our dog running out the door, but I didn’t see where she went.
To witness is also to testify or give evidence, especially in a court of law.
Example: The key witness in the theft case was a local shop owner.
Where does witness come from?
The first records of the term witness come from before 950. It comes from the Old English term witnes, meaning “knowledge” or “understanding.” One’s wit is their perception and expression of something, so witness means “to have wit about something.”
Witnesses are a key part of the legal system. Both sides can select witnesses to give their accounts of a case, and both sides get to question the witnesses about their statements. There are several types of witnesses. For example, an expert witness is someone who is educated in an area that is important to a case and can give a professional opinion, while a character witness is someone who is familiar with the litigant and can help build an image of their character.
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What are some other forms related to witness?
- witnessable (adjective)
- witnesser (noun)
- prewitness (noun, verb)
- self-witness (noun)
- well-witnessed (adjective)
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How is witness used in real life?
Witness as a noun is almost always used in a legal context and as a verb can be used in terms of both legal issues and common occurrences.
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— Nash Grier (@Nashgrier) January 26, 2015
Let’s stay together ’til we’re ghosts. I want to witness love, I’ve never seen it close.
— Austin Mahone (@AustinMahone) July 20, 2014
In mea culpa, #Manafort Judge told jury he was wrong in scolding prosecutors for having expert witness in court to hear other witness testimony. Prosecutors had reminded him he had actually granted approval. "This robe doesn't make me anything other than human," he said
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) August 9, 2018
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Since 2011, legal scholars, political scientists and mathematicians conducting gerrymandering research have served as expert witnesses in more than 250 state and federal court cases regarding redistricting.How next-gen computer generated maps detect partisan gerrymandering|Sujata Gupta|September 7, 2020|Science News
New York Attorney General Letitia James said Monday that she’s suing to enforce seven subpoenas seeking thousands of documents and testimony from multiple witnesses.New York’s AG is investigating whether Trump’s company falsely reported asset valuations to get loans|Lee Clifford|August 24, 2020|Fortune
Though the review happened years ago, it’s newly relevant in light of a November ballot measure that would give the board more power to access witnesses and documents.
When the community review board – then known as the Citizens Review Board – investigated the shooting, it reviewed that security camera footage, as well as witness statements, police reports, photos from the scene, SDPD policies and other materials.Police Review Board Was Denied Docs, Interviews in 2015 Shooting Review|Sara Libby|July 22, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Our goal was to be the first confirmed humans to witness a total solar eclipse from a peak above 20,000 feet.My Crazy Bid to See a Solar Eclipse at 20,000 Feet|Mark Jenkins|July 8, 2020|Outside Online
One witness said the gunfire began after a traffic collision, which drew the attention of a nearby police officer.
The mother, Emily Kruse, was charged with obstructing justice and intimidating a witness.
Jay, the main witness for the state, is leading a relatively normal life, though that probably has all changed with Serial.The Scoop on ‘Serial’: Making Sense of The Nisha Call, Asia's Letters, and Our Obsession|Emily Shire|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is no perfect juror, just as there is no such thing as a perfect witness.The Post-Brown and Garner Question: Who ‘Deserves’ to Die?|Goldie Taylor|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The senior people were too shocked to speak,” said a witness.Facebook Prince Purges The New Republic: Inside the Destruction of a 100-Year-Old Magazine|Lloyd Grove|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At his desk sat his secretary, who had been a witness of the interview, lost in wonder almost as great as the Seneschal's own.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
And now everybody turned out with a feeling of intense relief to witness the rejoicings on the village green.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
The endless miles of railways, the vast apparatus of the factories, the soaring structures of the cities bear easy witness to it.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
In a thousand trials the cruel witness of Moses has sent innocent women to a painful death.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
Seven years from this present time will witness the Centenary of the railway system.
British Dictionary definitions for witness
- to give written or oral testimony
- to be evidence or proof ofRelated adjective: testimonial