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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A preliminary examination of prospective jurors or witnesses under oath to determine their competence or suitability.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The preliminary phase of a jury trial in which the jurors are examined and selected.
  • n. A preliminary hearing without a jury in order to determine whether the evidence meets the test for admissibility to go to a full hearing at a criminal trial, in the legal systems of England and Wales, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An oath administered to a witness, usually before being sworn in chief, requiring him to speak the truth, or make true answers in reference to matters inquired of, to ascertain his competency to give evidence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In law. See examination on the voir dire, under examination.

Etymologies

Anglo-Norman, to speak the truth : Latin vērus, true; + Latin dīcere, to say.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman, literally “to speak the truth”, from Old French voir ("true; truly") (from Latin vērus ("true")) + dire ("to say") (from Latin dīcere ("to speak; to say")). (Wiktionary)

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