voir dire

voir dire

noun Law.

  1. an oath administered to a proposed witness or juror by which he or she is sworn to speak the truth in an examination to ascertain his or her competence.
  2. the examination itself.

noun law

  1. the preliminary examination on oath of a proposed witness by the judge
  2. the oath administered to such a witness

1670s, from Old French voir “true” + dire “to say” (see diction).

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