from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Unverified information heard or received from another; rumor.
- noun Law Evidence that is not within the personal knowledge of a witness, such as testimony regarding statements made by someone other than the witness, and that therefore may be inadmissible to establish the truth of a particular contention because the accuracy of the evidence cannot be verified through cross-examination.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Report; rumor; fame; common talk; something heard from another.
- noun (Law) that species of testimony which consists in a narration by one person of matters told him by another. It is, with a few exceptions, inadmissible as testimony.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
informationthat was heardby one personabout another
- noun law
evidencebased on the reportsof others rather than on personal knowledge; normally inadmissiblebecause not made under oath
- noun law
evidence: an out-of-court statement offered in court for the truth of the matter asserted; normally inadmissiblebecause not subject to cross-examination, unless the hearsay statement falls under one of the many exceptions
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective heard through another rather than directly
- noun gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth
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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.