Definition of voir dire in English:

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voir dire

Pronunciation: /ˌvwɑː ˈdɪə/
(also voire dire)


1A preliminary examination of a witness or the jury pool by a judge or counsel: [as modifier]: voir dire interrogation of the board members did not bode well for their case
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  • Their solicitor confirmed this in his testimony in the voire dire proceedings.
  • He displayed some feistiness when testifying in the voir dire.
  • The Court's attitude seems to have been that defense counsel should've done a better job questioning the jurors during voire dire.
1.1An investigation into the truth or admissibility of evidence, held during a trial: police at the scene and witnesses all said he smelled of alcohol, according to evidence at a voir dire


Law French, from Old French voir 'true' + dire 'say'.

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