- The definition of hearsay is something heard, but not known to be a fact.
An example of hearsay is when a friend told you about a couple breaking up, but you don't know if it is true.
hearsay definition by Webster's New World
Origin: ; from phrase to hear say, parallel to German hörensagen
hearsay definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Unverified information heard or received from another; rumor.
- Law Evidence based on the reports of others rather than the personal knowledge of a witness and therefore generally not admissible as testimony.
hearsay - Business Definition
- Secondhand information.
- In law, testimony of a witness who testifies about something someone else said or saw.
hearsay - Cultural Definition
Information heard by one person about another. Hearsay is generally inadmissible as evidence in a court of law because it is based on the reports of others rather than on the personal knowledge of a witness.
hearsay - Legal Definition