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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to, used in, or appropriate for courts of law or for public discussion or argumentation.
  • adjective Relating to the use of science or technology in the investigation and establishment of facts or evidence in a court of law.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Belonging to courts of law or to public discussion and debate; pertaining to or used in courts or legal proceedings, or in public discussions; appropriate to argument: as, a forensic term; forensic eloquence or disputes.
  • Adapted or fitted for legal argumentation: as, his mind was forensic rather than judicial.
  • noun In certain colleges, as Harvard, a written argument; also, in others, a spoken argument.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Amer. Colleges) An exercise in debate; a forensic contest; an argumentative thesis.
  • adjective Belonging to courts of judicature or to public discussion and debate; used in legal proceedings, or in public discussions; argumentative; rhetorical.
  • adjective medical jurisprudence; medicine in its relations to law.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Relating to the use of science and technology in the investigation and establishment of facts or evidence in a court of law.
  • adjective dated Relating to, or appropriate for courts of law.
  • adjective archaic Relating to, or used in debate or argument.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective used or applied in the investigation and establishment of facts or evidence in a court of law
  • adjective of, relating to, or used in public debate or argument

Etymologies

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

[From Latin forēnsis, public, of a forum, from forum, forum; see dhwer- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin forēnsis ("of the forum, public"), from forum

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