Definition of hearsay in English:

hearsay

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Information received from other people which cannot be substantiated; rumour:

    ‘according to hearsay, Bez had managed to break his arm’
    • ‘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?’
    rumour, gossip, tittle-tattle, tattle, idle chatter, idle talk, mere talk, report
    stories, tales, titbits
    bavardage, on dit
    kaffeeklatsch
    labrish, shu-shu
    buzz, the grapevine
    goss
    scuttlebutt
    furphy
    skinder
    bruit
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    1. 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.’

Pronunciation:

hearsay

/ˈhɪəseɪ/