Definitions

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

  • noun plural Things done; deeds.
  • noun plural Law Evidence of incidental facts that would otherwise be inadmissible in a trial as irrelevant or hearsay but that is admitted because it helps explain and give context to a more central evidentiary fact.

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  • noun things done
  • noun 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

Etymologies

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

[Latin rēs gestae : rēs, pl. of rēs, thing + gestae, feminine pl. past participle of gerere, to carry, show.]

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