Definition of inadmissible in English:



  • 1(especially of evidence in court) not accepted as valid.

    • ‘Unfortunately it was dropped only at the last minute with the result that the witness statements contain inadmissible evidence of details of the contractual negotiations.’
    • ‘In R v. Abbey, the Court held that an expert opinion based on inadmissible hearsay evidence is admissible, provided it is relevant.’
    • ‘In the circumstances, neither under our old domestic law nor under any Convention law, is there any question of the evidence being inadmissible in the absence of objections.’
    • ‘A judge often reads or hears inadmissible evidence and then rejects it - sometimes it is admitted - and then later on the judge says for various reasons I give it no weight.’
    • ‘While the authors never suggest that the judges in question were bad, their work does find judges to be fallible when it comes to ignoring inadmissible evidence.’
    • ‘They are ruled on straight away, and a whole lot of what turns out to be irrelevant and inadmissible evidence does not come near the court.’
    • ‘This court has ruled that that evidence was inadmissible.’
    • ‘In a trial, however, such evidence would be inadmissible hearsay: a victim's out-of-court statements offered to prove their truth.’
    • ‘I have considered the potential prejudice and possible means to eliminate or minimize it with respect to each area of inadmissible evidence and also their cumulative effect.’
    • ‘However, this is true any time a suspect confesses after being confronted with inadmissible evidence, and it does not necessarily render the confession involuntary.’
    • ‘Unless the Crown proves that the document served upon the accused was a copy, the evidence is simply inadmissible.’
    • ‘At one time there was also the rule that expert opinion evidence was inadmissible on the ultimate issue in the case.’
    • ‘The California court held that peer review evidence was inadmissible and upheld a jury verdict for the defendant.’
    • ‘Patently the jury did not receive a careful instruction of that kind, and the situation was aggravated by the citation of the inadmissible evidence.’
    • ‘Anonymous testimony and intelligence based on hearsay are often inadmissible in civilian courts.’
    • ‘It is extremely likely that these witnesses would either lie or be giving inadmissible hearsay evidence.’
    • ‘It follows that, even if the evidence was inadmissible, and the judge's ruling was wrong, this cannot provide a valid ground for appeal in the present case.’
    • ‘There's only been two times when the courts have considered this, and on both occasions the courts have ruled that that evidence is inadmissible.’
    • ‘Traditionally hearsay evidence was inadmissible, subject to certain defined exceptions.’
    • ‘The trial judge found that the evidence was inadmissible.’
    not allowable, invalid, not acceptable, unacceptable, unallowable, impermissible, disallowed, forbidden, prohibited, precluded
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  • 2Not to be allowed or tolerated.

    ‘an inadmissible interference in the affairs of the Church’
    • ‘What he does not say, however, is that only naturalistic hypotheses are allowed in evolutionary debates - creationist arguments are ruled inadmissible before the debate begins.’
    • ‘The CPC has to decide on whether the Government has allowed an inadmissible state aid by awarding the concession without a competitive procedure.’
    • ‘Whatever criticisms we may have of publicly funded healthcare, it is surely inadmissible to allow the Republican right to use them as a justification for cutting public funding even further.’