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hearsay Line breaks: hear|say
Pronunciation: /ˈhɪəseɪ/

Definition of hearsay in English:


[mass noun]
1Information received from other people which cannot be substantiated; rumour: according to hearsay, Bez had managed to break his arm
More example sentences
  • 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: everything they had told him would have been ruled out as hearsay [as modifier]: the admissibility of hearsay evidence in civil proceedings
More example sentences
  • 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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