Definitions for voir direˈvwɑr ˈdɪər
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The preliminary phase of a jury trial in which the jurors are examined and selected.
A preliminary hearing without a jury in order to determine whether the evidence meets the test for admissibility to go to a full hearing at a criminal trial, in the legal systems of England and Wales, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.
an oath administered to a witness, usually before being sworn in chief, requiring him to speak the truth, or make true answers in reference to matters inquired of, to ascertain his competency to give evidence
Origin: [OF., to say the truth, fr. L. verus true + dicere to say.]
Voir dire is a legal phrase that refers to a variety of procedures connected with jury trials. It originally referred to an oath taken by jurors to tell the truth, i.e., to say what is true, what is objectively accurate or subjectively honest, or both. It comes from the Anglo-Norman language. The word voir, in this combination, comes from Old French and derives from Latin verum, "that which is true". It is not related to the modern French word voir, which derives from Latin vidēre, though the expression is now often interpreted by false etymology to mean "to see [them] say".
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