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Information a witness obtained secondhand from another source which they then try to testify to at trial. Unless it falls under an exception, hearsay is usually not admissible as evidence.


 

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
hearsay (noun)
1.
- rumor
2.
- hearsay evidence
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
hearsay (noun)
information or opinion that is widely disseminated without any authority or confirmation of accuracy
SYNONYMS:
buzz, dish, gossip, hearsay, noise, report, scuttlebutt, talk, tattle, word
RELATED WORDS:
tale, whisper, whispering; hint, intimation, rumbling; disinformation, propaganda; urban legend ( urban myth); dirt, scandal
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