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hostile witness - Legal Definition
witness who is expected to make assertions that are adverse to those being set
forth by the party calling the witness. Because of the adverse nature, the
questioning lawyer is given wide latitude to question the hostile witness by
way of leading questions, not ordinarily permitted on direct examination.
Typically called to establish the truth of matters that cannot be proved
through a friendly witness.