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

  • Things done; deeds.
  • Law The facts that are admissible in evidence as the surrounding circumstances of the event to be proved.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the facts which form the environment of a litigated issue.

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

  • n. things done
  • n. rule of evidence that covers words that are so closely associated with an occurrence that the words are considered part of the occurrence and as such their report does not violate the hearsay rule


Latin rēs gestae : rēs, pl. of rēs, thing + gestae, feminine pl. past participle of gerere, to carry, show.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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