Definition of unsworn in US English:



  • (of testimony or evidence) not given under oath.

    ‘the girl was too old to give unsworn testimony’
    • ‘In fact, I used to have a rule of thumb in my head that if the judge mentioned witness box and unsworn statement within a sentence or so, there was an implied comment within the meaning of the authorities.’
    • ‘Did this accused make an unsworn statement to the jury?’
    • ‘Evidence acts in Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon Territories continue to require corroborative evidence for unsworn testimony.’
    • ‘To illustrate, the rules of evidence were relaxed to include such indirect prosecution evidence as hearsay, diaries, unsworn statements, affidavits that could not be verified unless witnesses took the stand, and so forth.’
    • ‘In addition, the tribunals are to allow unsworn written and telephone testimony by prosecution witnesses, making a mockery of the principle of facing and cross-examining one's accusers.’