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Saturday, September 05, 2015

Definitions for earwitness

  1. Law. a person who testifies or can testify to what he or she has heard.

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Citations for earwitness
Such is the rather meagre account, as given by one ear-witness, of Patrick Henry's first speech in the Congress of 1774. Moses Coit Tyler, American Statesmen: Patrick Henry, 1887
If it came only through the second or third hand, it may be proper to suspend the full belief, until we have seen the eye-witness, or the ear-witness. Henry Thornton, Family Commentary on Portions of the Pentateuch, 1837
Origin of earwitness
Earwitness entered English in the 1500s around the same time as eyewitness, however the latter is far more common.
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