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- noun One who
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Still, the moral bond imposes a constraint or bind on the hearer, but not the overhearer, which is a pressure toward acceptance, and acceptance is an epistemic judgment.
Yet the overhearer has, it would seem, the same evidence as the hearer.
The overhearer has no such social-ethical duty to the speaker, and the speaker feels no ethical obligation of veracity toward the overhearer.
The person for whose benefit the remarks are intended may thus be half forced into the role of overhearer, allowing greater liberties to be taken with him than could be comfortably managed in direct address.