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hearsay

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Definition heard through another rather than directly
  • Hearsay evidence is generally not permitted in the United States. It generally is permitted in England for civil cases.
  • 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
  • Based on hearsay rather than personal experience?
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The ladies pass the time with gossip and hearsay.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • They can only take them on hearsay.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • People are telling you lies and hearsay.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • It would just be hearsay testimony.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • That was when I was a child; I know about it from hearsay and tradition.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Of course I only speak from hearsay.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • 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
  • In court, that's nothing more than hearsay.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • No, this is new and, I might add, hearsay.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • Hearsay testimony is not admissible.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • There was nothing but words, transparent but vague; sometimes idle reports, rumors, hearsay.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 'By hearsay,' answered Bazarov angrily.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • It was all hearsay, you know.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue

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