Definition of hearsay in English:


Syllabification: hear·say
Pronunciation: /ˈhi(ə)rˌsā


  • 1Information received from other people that one cannot adequately substantiate; rumor: according to hearsay, Bob had managed to break his arm
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    • I must highlight that this could be bad information and hearsay.
    • Anything that happens after Wednesday is simply hearsay and rumours.
    • When the truth begins to emerge it becomes apparent that the rumours of affairs were hearsay, but a darker secret of family ties lies beneath them.
    rumor, gossip, tittle-tattle, idle talk; stories, tales
    informal the grapevine, scuttlebutt, loose lips
  • 1.1 Law The report of another person’s words by a witness, usually disallowed as evidence in a court of law: everything they had told him would have been ruled out as hearsay [as modifier]: hearsay evidence
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    • Nor had they put the witness statement in as hearsay evidence.
    • Instead witnesses are allowed to give hearsay evidence of an identification that takes place outside the court.
    • This evidence was strictly hearsay and as such was inadmissible.

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