hearsay


noun

  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.

adjective

  1. of, relating to, or characterized by hearsay: hearsay knowledge; a hearsay report.

noun

  1. gossip; rumour
n.

1530s, perhaps mid-15c., from phrase to hear say.

Information heard by one person about another. Hearsay is generally inadmissible as evidence in a court of law because it is based on the reports of others rather than on the personal knowledge of a witness.

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