Definition of voir dire in English:

voir dire

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Pronunciation: /ˌvwɑː ˈdɪə
(also voire dire)


  • A 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.


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

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