/hear"say'/, n.
1. unverified, unofficial information gained or acquired from another and not part of one's direct knowledge: I pay no attention to hearsay.
2. an item of idle or unverified information or gossip; rumor: a malicious hearsay.
3. of, pertaining to, or characterized by hearsay: hearsay knowledge; a hearsay report.
[1525-35; orig. in phrase by hear say, trans. of MF par ouïr dire]
Syn. 1. talk, scuttlebutt, babble, tittle-tattle.

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      in Anglo-American law (common law), testimony that consists of what the witness has heard others say. United States and English courts may refuse to admit testimony that depends for its value upon the truthfulness and accuracy of one who is neither under oath nor available for cross-examination. The rule is subject, however, to many exceptions. In continental European law, where there is no jury to be protected from misleading testimony, judges may consider any evidence that they consider pertinent to reaching a decision. See also circumstantial evidence.

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