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Hearsay evidence is generally not permitted in the United States. It generally is permitted in England for civil cases.
  heard through another rather than directly
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Hearsay evidence is generally not allowed in courts in the United States; that is people can testify about their personal experience, but generally cannot repeat what another person told them about.
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  • Hearsay evidence is generally not permitted in the United States. It generally is permitted in England for civil cases.
  • Your tools have elevated gossip, hearsay and conjecture to the level of valid, mainstream communication.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • In any event, what Mike and Ootek had told me was largely hearsay evidence, and this was not what I was employed to gather.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Based on hearsay rather than personal experience?
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • "As I understand it—and I could be wrong; I haven’t had the pleasure to meet them yet, this is all hearsay, you understand—but what I have gleaned is that Mrs. Grote is once again with child, and she is looking for a mother’s helper."
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Not more than one in ten had ever really tried it; the other nine had contented themselves with hearsay evidence and a peep through the door.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The women were so opposed to getting dunked in the river, even on hearsay, they all kept their children extra far from the church that day.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Since I had neither a driver’s license nor a girlfriend, I knew both those things only by hearsay.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • These were chiefly people from the northern suburbs, whose knowledge of the Black Smoke came by hearsay.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • There was nothing but words, transparent but vague; sometimes idle reports, rumors, hearsay.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • I don’t pretend to be intimately acquainted with the mode of living customary in those days at Wuthering Heights: I only speak from hearsay; for I saw little.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I wondered why it was that this home of his, known to so many people by hearsay, even to me, should so inevitably silence him, making as it were a barrier between him and others.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • His work had always been based on the symbolic equivalent of fossils-ancient documents and historical hearsay-but this image before him was today.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • All this I know well myself, more by experience than by hearsay, and some day, senora, I will enlighten you on the subject, for I am of your flesh and blood too.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It is only hearsay.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Normally it prohibits evidence from being entered into the record—it allows me to rule it inadmissible as hearsay—because the individual in question is deceased.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • That was when I was a child; I know about it from hearsay and tradition.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • ’By hearsay,’ answered Bazarov angrily.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Thus encouraged, Mrs. Fowler plunged willingly into reminiscence, conjecture and hearsay.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • But he knew, more from hearsay than from personal experience, that such easy happiness could not last very long.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • It would just be hearsay testimony.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • If Carrie had not been an only child, we might have at least hearsay reports of dozens of other minor occurrences.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Like great primitive birds welded up out of iron by hearsay in a land perhaps where such birds once had been.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • My talk to thee must be how Benedick Is sick in love with Beatrice: of this matter Is little Cupid’s crafty arrow made, That only wounds by hearsay.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • In court, that’s nothing more than hearsay.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • Of course I only speak from hearsay.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • Besides he had, before visiting the monastery, a strong prejudice against the institution of "elders," which he only knew of by hearsay and believed to be a pernicious innovation.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • I knew by hearsay that he was the editor of the American Mercury, but aside from that I knew nothing about him.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • I was surprised at how hearsay about a socalled miracle could produce so many converts, so quickly.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • His guide was sleeping somewhere, probably with the mules, a thin nervous creature, who had never been to Las Casas; he simply knew the route by hearsay.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Needless to say, the very possibility that it could be true — well, we’ve got people assigned to finding out and cataloguing info, hearsay, or suspicion about you.
    James Patterson  --  School’s Out - Forever
  • Yet those who approached Dorothea, though prejudiced against her by this alarming hearsay, found that she had a charm unaccountably reconcilable with it.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • I learn from hearsay (for my mother was mortally afraid of firearms) that the hunting of ducks and bears and men is wonderfully interesting, but I am sure that the man who has never hunted a country school has something to learn of the pleasures of the chase.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • But if she was to be the practical woman she had intended to show herself, business must be carried on, introductions or none, and she ultimately acquired confidence enough to speak and reply boldly to men merely known to her by hearsay.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Call looked north across the dusty flats, as if estimating in his mind’s eye the great rise of the plains, stretching even farther than hearsay, away and beyond the talk of men.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • ——As I imagined, therefore, that the fellow must have inserted this of his own head, or from hearsay, I persuaded myself he might have ventured likewise on that odious line on no better authority.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Let a prejudice be bequeathed, carried in the air, adopted by hearsay, caught in through the eye,—however it may come, these minds will give it a habitation; it is something to assert strongly and bravely, something to fill up the void of spontaneous ideas, something to impose on others with the authority of conscious right; it is at once a staff and a baton.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • But this aggravated him more than before, that she should put so far upon him, and run things such a length upon no other authority than a hearsay; and then, turning to me again, said very honestly, he was afraid we were both undone.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • They can only take them on hearsay.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • No, this is new and, I might add, hearsay.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • Know nothing of him except hearsay.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • The ladies pass the time with gossip and hearsay.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • People are telling you lies and hearsay.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • It was all hearsay, you know.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • The defense moves to disqualify this jury on the grounds that they’ve heard damaging hearsay regarding hags and haglings.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • But there from the sill bow’d Fell many a mead-bench, by hearsay of mine, With gold well adorned, where strove they the wrothful.
    Unknown  --  Beowulf
  • I proceeded to ask him if he knew the fastest way to Bonthe, an island in the south of Sierra Leone and one of the safest places at that time, according to hearsay.
    Ishmael Beah  --  A Long Way Gone
  • The movement is, properly speaking, a derivative from Nihilism—though they are only known indirectly, and by hearsay, for they never advertise their doings in the papers.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • For the people in "the district," who knew all about him by hearsay, he was the young man from England who hadn’t the guts to stand more than a few weeks of farming.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • It did not seem surprising, all these ghost-ship stories, even if they were only elusive hearsay, because we’d been told the night before that waste is the best-kept secret in the world.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
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Associated words [difficulty]:   hearsay [5] , probable cause [5] , habeas corpus [5] , probable cause [5] , burden of proof [7] , double jeopardy [7] , statute of limitations [7] , attorney-client privilege [8] , Miranda rights [9] , grandfathered [9] , search and seizure [9] , undue influence [9]
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