Definition of hearsay in English:


Line breaks: hear|say
Pronunciation: /ˈhɪəseɪ


[mass noun]
  • 1Information received from other people which cannot be substantiated; rumour: according to hearsay, Bez 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.
    rumour, gossip, tittle-tattle, tattle, idle chatter, idle talk, mere talk, report; stories, tales, titbits; French bavardage, on dit; German Kaffeeklatsch; West Indian labrish, shu-shu
    informal buzz, the grapevine
    British informal goss
    North American informal scuttlebutt
    Australian/New Zealand informal furphy
    South African informal skinder
    rare bruit
  • 1.1 Law The report of another person’s words by a witness, which is usually disallowed as evidence in a court of law: [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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