American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Unverified information heard or received from another; rumor.
- n. Law Evidence based on the reports of others rather than the personal knowledge of a witness and therefore generally not admissible as testimony.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Information communicated by another; report; common talk; rumor; gossip.
- Of or pertaining to or depending upon hearsay, or the talk of others; told or given at second hand.
- n. information that was heard by one person about another
- n. law evidence based on the reports of others rather than on personal knowledge; normally inadmissible because not made under oath
- n. law 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
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Report; rumor; fame; common talk; something heard from another.
- adj. heard through another rather than directly
- n. gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth
- 1525–35; from phrase by hear say, translation of Middle French par ouïr dire. (Wiktionary)
“That sort of comment based upon hearsay is irresponsible at best.”
“As a screenwriter, I long to find that intersection between truth and lies, fact and fiction, myth and history, where nuance thrives in hearsay and innuendo.”
“Rumors and hearsay from a rabidly right wing website?”
“IG - hearsay is spot on. and your simpering obtuseness is not an amusing and endearing affectation … it is hypocrisy, pure and simple. on December 11, 2008 at 11: 41 am | Reply Auntie Jane”
“In case you were wondering, I have hearsay from a fairly reliable source that the University of Miami had no money invested in the Madoff funds.”
“This report, largely supported by anonymous sources and hearsay, is simply wrong.”
“In what way?? details please, hearsay is not good enough!”
“This is hearsay from the Welsh he has fought," said I; "one need not heed it.”
“One of the most recent additions to such hearsay is American Idol runner up Adam Lambert.”
“Of course, it's not impossible to get this information, but it seems that a lot of us still go by "hearsay" - what others we know use and report to be ok.”
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