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Definition of the noun hearsay

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noun - plural: hearsays

  1. gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth

Alternative definition of the noun hearsay


  1. information that was heard by one person about another
  2. [legal] evidence based on the reports of others rather than on personal knowledge; normally inadmissible because not made under oath
  3. [legal] evidence: an out-of-court statement offered in court for the truth of the matter asserted; normally inadmissible because not subject to cross-examination, unless the hearsay statement falls under one of the many exceptions

Definition of the adjective hearsay

What does hearsay mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. heard through another rather than directly
    • example: hearsay information
    • similar: indirect


Hearsay a.k.a. Hear'Say: Hear'Say were a British pop group. They were created through the ITV reality TV show Popstars in February 2001, the first UK series of the international Popstars franchise. The group, who were signed to Polydor Records, originally consisted of Danny Foster, Myleene Klass, Kym Marsh, Suzanne Shaw, and Noel Sullivan. Sullivan is originally from Cardiff, Wales, but the other members originate from London, England. Hear'Say achieved instant fame, breaking chart records with their debut single "Pure and Simple" and the album Popstars. However, their second album failed to match this success.


  1. "Hearsay" is a 1987 album by R&B musician Alexander O'Neal. The album peaked at #29 on the "Billboard 200" and reached #2 on "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". The album launched seven charting singles in the UK. "Fake" peaked at #33 on the "UK Singles"; "Criticize" peaked at #4; "Never Knew Love Like This" at #26; "The Lovers" at #28; " To Make You Love Me" at #27; "Sunshine" at #72. Several remixes of the album's songs also charted: "Fake '88", #16; "Hearsay '89", #56. Two of the tracks, "Fake" and "Criticize", were popular anthems in UK dance clubs. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on October 20, 1987. In the UK, it sold more than 700,000 copies.
  2. "Hearsay" is the title track of Alexander O'Neal's 2nd album Hearsay, which was released in 1987. The original track from the album wasn't released as a single but in 1989, a remixed version was released in the UK Singles Chart and it became a minor hit, reaching #56.
  3. "Hearsay" is a musical album of David Sanborn.
    • released on (21 years ago)


"Hearsay" is a book by Lee Robinson.


Hearsay evidence is "an out-of-court statement introduced to prove the truth of the matter asserted therein." In court hearsay evidence is inadmissible unless an exception to the Hearsay Rule applies.

  • also known as 傳聞證據排除法則

Phrases with Hearsay

  1. hearsay rule
  2. hearsay evidence

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Hearsay

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Google previewMellinkoff's Dictionary of American Legal Usage (2009)

by David Mellinkoff

hearsay objection have and hOld: joined together, an old and worthless redundancy. Eisee coupled synonyms. For special legal usage, Elsee hold. have custody Elsee custody. have notice Esee notice. head tax Eisee poll tax. hearing: at the ...

Google previewFamous Assassinations in World History: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes] (2014)

by Michael Newton

We found that it was both contradictory and based on uncorroborated secondhand and thirdhand hearsay accounts. Nor did we find any credible, concrete facts to substantiate any of the conspiracy allegations. Because there was no reliable ...

Google previewPhilippine Law Dictionary

HEARSAY EVIDENCE Evidence is called hearsay when its probative force depends, in whole or in part, on the competency ...

Google previewThe law lexicon; or dictionary of jurisprudence, etc (1867)


Hearsay evidence (whether spoken or written) of a fact, therefore, is not admissible. The following cases, however, are clearly distinguishable from hearsay evidence:— (1) The testimony of a deceased witness, who has been examined upon ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of United States Supreme Court Reports (1913)

Being a Complete Encyclopedia of All the Case Law of the Federal Supreme Court Up to and Including Volume 206 U.S. Supreme Court Reports (book 51 Lawyers' Edition)

See the title HEARSAY EVIDENCE, vol.

Google previewBuilding Contract Dictionary (2008)

by David Chappell, Vincent Powell-Smith, Derek Marshall, Simon Cavender

Hearsay In litigation, the court has an obligation under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) (qv) to manage proceedings.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of American Law (2009)

by David Andrew Schultz

Hearsay cannot be admitted into evidence under state or federal rules of evidence. Trials are a search for the truth based on reliable information. The prohibition against hearsay is a safeguard; it permits the trier of fact to consider ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (2013)

by Paul Finkelman

Relatedly, the hearsay bar equalizes the power disparity between prosecutor and defense counsel, given the generally greater ease with which the state can track down and interview hearsay declarants relative to those sought by often ...

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Better one eye-witness than ten hearsay witnesses.
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Scrabble value of H4E1A1R1S1A1Y4

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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