Definition of cross-examination in US English:

cross-examination

noun

  • 1The formal interrogation of a witness called by the other party in a court of law to challenge or extend testimony already given.

    ‘he testified consistently under vigorous cross-examination’
    ‘further cross-examinations on these questions would be required’
    • ‘Under cross-examination, he admitted that he had never told anyone of this conviction.’
    • ‘The motion was very complex with extensive affidavits and cross-examinations of several witnesses.’
    • ‘Consider the testimonies of the witnesses and their performance under cross-examination.’
    • ‘The court may limit cross-examination.’
    • ‘He made a number of concessions under cross-examination.’
    • ‘Alternatively, he has suggested that all the key witnesses give their evidence in chief before any cross-examination begins.’
    • ‘During cross-examination, he confirmed that the phone calls had taken place that morning.’
    • ‘Mr Clements was asked in cross-examination about this letter.’
    • ‘They have the right to face and accuse alleged abusers in person, but they will also face cross-examination.’
    • ‘I have had the advantage of seeing each of the main witnesses undergo long and searching cross-examinations.’
    1. 1.1 Aggressive or detailed questioning of someone.
      ‘she is capable of facing tougher cross-examination in the political debates’
      • ‘There aren't a lot of universal truths in our world that can withstand a rigorous cross-examination.’
      • ‘Ministers can now face a gruelling cross-examination.’
      • ‘The broadcasting media are telling us that he is captured, without the usual cross-examination about independent confirmation that it is him.’
      • ‘It has continually evaded critical scrutiny and proper cross-examination.’
      • ‘I am not persuaded that the issues cannot be decided without cross-examination.’

Pronunciation

cross-examination

/ˌkrôsəɡˌzaməˈnāSH(ə)n//ˌkrɔsəɡˌzæməˈneɪʃ(ə)n/