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1[mass noun] Information received from other people which cannot be substantiated; rumour:‘according to hearsay, Bez had managed to break his arm’
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- ‘These powers include the ability to convict suspects by innuendo, hearsay and rumour.’
- ‘There would be more stories to tell, stories I learned from hearsay, but I haven't talked in person to the people concerned.’
- ‘All we have is hearsay provided by the author, and hearsay doesn't make for a balanced and accurate story.’
- ‘It was built as two houses for two brothers, according to hearsay.’
- ‘There again, who am I to make sweeping generalisations about the movie based merely on hearsay and gossip?’
- ‘The irony has often been that charges were based on hearsay and rumour rather than on proper research and verification.’
- ‘This being a small town, the community is awash with rumour, secrets and hearsay, often tinged with a touch of mysticism.’
- ‘When the truth begins to emerge it becomes apparent that the rumours of affairs were hearsay, but a darker secret of family ties lies beneath them.’
- ‘The following are facts, not hearsay or supposition, and they are backed up with records going back 25 years.’
- ‘At a time the media should show responsibility in its reportage of a crisis, several foreign correspondents have been relying on hearsay and rumour.’
- ‘I'd better make it clear here that this is all gossip and hearsay, and I'm certainly not going to name my sources.’
- ‘I must highlight that this could be bad information and hearsay.’
- ‘These are not concrete facts, but hearsay from my brother, who maintains a friendship with them both.’
- ‘Anything that happens after Wednesday is simply hearsay and rumours.’
- ‘The government has never admitted the key information was based on hearsay.’
- ‘It's very hard to get a handle on what actually happened and so of course our information is hearsay and we can only have a certain amount of faith in it.’
- ‘It was quite striking that the one person in the article who had something negative to say was basing his opinion on hearsay rather than on facts.’
- ‘The probe had to look into a plethora of truths, half-truths, hearsay, gossip and rumours, the minister said.’
- ‘In relation to the other concerns raised by the woman, he pointed these were very subjective matters and hearsay.’
- ‘So, an unlabelled film you haven't seen yet with no more provenance than hearsay contains conclusive proof?’
- 1.1Law The report of another person's words by a witness, which is usually disallowed as evidence in a court of law:‘everything they had told him would have been ruled out as hearsay’[as modifier] ‘the admissibility of hearsay evidence in civil proceedings’
- ‘Nor had they put the witness statement in as hearsay evidence.’
- ‘Instead witnesses are allowed to give hearsay evidence of an identification that takes place outside the court.’
- ‘Prime facie thus it would appear that the police officer's evidence was hearsay.’
- ‘This evidence was strictly hearsay and as such was inadmissible.’
- ‘Whether evidence is hearsay depends on what you are using it for.’
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