hearsay NOUN information which cannot be adequately substantiated; rumour.

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  • hearsay — hear·say / hir ˌsā/ n: a statement made out of court and not under oath which is offered as proof that what is stated is true – called also hearsay evidence; Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. hearsay …   Law dictionary

  • Hearsay — Hear say (h[=e]r s[=a] ), n. Report; rumor; fame; common talk; something heard from another. [1913 Webster] Much of the obloquy that has so long rested on the memory of our great national poet originated in frivolous hearsays of his life and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hearsay — [hir′sā΄] n. [< phrase to hear say, parallel to Ger hörensagen] something one has heard but does not know to be true; rumor; gossip adj. based on hearsay …   English World dictionary

  • hearsay — 1530s, perhaps mid 15c., from phrase to hear say …   Etymology dictionary

  • hearsay — n *report, rumor, gossip …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • hearsay — [n] unsubstantiated information clothesline*, comment, cry, gossip, grapevine*, leak*, mere talk*, noise*, report, rumble*, rumor, scandal, scuttlebutt*, talk, talk of the town*, word of mouth*; concepts 51,278 Ant. evidence, proof, reality,… …   New thesaurus

  • hearsay — A term applied to that species of testimony given by a witness who relates, not what he knows personally, but what others have told him, or what he has heard said by others. A statement, other than one made by the declarant while testifying at… …   Black's law dictionary

  • hearsay — noun VERB + HEARSAY ▪ be based on, rely on ▪ Her judgements are based on hearsay rather than evidence. HEARSAY + NOUN ▪ evidence PREPOSITION ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • Hearsay — Not to be confused with heresy. Hearsay is a legal term referring to the use of out of court statements as evidence.WorldwideUnited StatesUnless one of the many exceptions applies, hearsay is not allowed as evidence in the United States.England… …   Wikipedia

  • hearsay — /hear say /, n. 1. unverified, unofficial information gained or acquired from another and not part of one s direct knowledge: I pay no attention to hearsay. 2. an item of idle or unverified information or gossip; rumor: a malicious hearsay. adj.… …   Universalium

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