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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forensicadjective

    of, relating to, or used in public debate or argument

  2. forensicadjective

    used or applied in the investigation and establishment of facts or evidence in a court of law

    "forensic photograph"; "forensic ballistics"


  1. forensicadjective

    Relating to the use of science and technology in the investigation and establishment of facts or evidence in a court of law.

  2. forensicadjective

    Relating to, or appropriate for courts of law.

  3. forensicadjective

    Relating to, or used in debate or argument.

  4. Etymology: From forensis, from forum


  1. forensic

    Forensic science, also known as criminalistics, is the application of science to criminal and civil laws, mainly—on the criminal side—during criminal investigation, as governed by the legal standards of admissible evidence and criminal procedure. Forensic science is a broad field that includes; DNA analysis, fingerprint analysis, blood stain pattern analysis, firearms examination and ballistics, tool mark analysis, serology, toxicology, hair and fiber analysis, entomology, questioned documents, anthropology, odontology, pathology, epidemiology, footwear and tire tread analysis, drug chemistry, paint and glass analysis, digital audio video and photo analysis. Forensic scientists collect, preserve, and analyze scientific evidence during the course of an investigation. While some forensic scientists travel to the scene of the crime to collect the evidence themselves, others occupy a laboratory role, performing analysis on objects brought to them by other individuals. Still others are involved in analysis of financial, banking, or other numerical data for use in financial crime investigation, and can be employed as consultants from private firms, academia, or as government employees.In addition to their laboratory role, forensic scientists testify as expert witnesses in both criminal and civil cases and can work for either the prosecution or the defense. While any field could technically be forensic, certain sections have developed over time to encompass the majority of forensically related cases.


  1. forensic

    Forensic refers to the scientific methods used to investigate crime. It involves the collection, examination, and analysis of physical evidence to solve these crimes. It is also used in connection with legal processes and proceedings, often used as evidence in court. 'Forensic' can also refer to any argument or discussion intended for public debate or judgement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forensicadjective

    belonging to courts of judicature or to public discussion and debate; used in legal proceedings, or in public discussions; argumentative; rhetorical; as, forensic eloquence or disputes

  2. Forensicnoun

    an exercise in debate; a forensic contest; an argumentative thesis

  3. Etymology: [L. forensis, fr. forum a public place, market place. See Forum.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Forensic

    fo-ren′sik, adj. belonging to courts of law, held by the Romans in the forum: used in law pleading: appropriate to, or adapted to, argument.—Forensic medicine, medical jurisprudence, the application of medical knowledge to the elucidation of doubtful questions in a court of justice. [L. forensisforum, market-place, akin to fores.]

Anagrams for forensic »

  1. forinsec

  2. fornices

  3. inforces

  4. conifers

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forensic in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forensic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of forensic in a Sentence

  1. Gerald Pangl:

    We are still awaiting the final report from the forensic team, but it looks like they have suffocated.

  2. Gary Pugh:

    The concept for this work was originally devised by an imaging expert based on his experience at crime scenes, the equipment required to put this form of fingerprinting into practice is inexpensive and relatively easy to procure, making it a simple, cost-effective forensic tool to combat wildlife crime.

  3. James Scott:

    The day an organization realizes they’ve been hacked they’ll hire a forensic team to analyze the network only to identify the reality that they were hacked months or years ago, they just didn’t know it.

  4. Harold Bursztajn:

    I have met some wonderful (prosecutors) who really, really understand this, and (who) work with the defense attorneys and forensic psychiatrists and come up with a treatment plan that actually works.

  5. James Cameron:

    I was happy to continue with some of the forensic stuff we had never really resolved, so we decided that the framework of the documentary would be, ‘What did we get right and what did we get wrong?’.

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  • الطب الشرعيArabic
  • съдебенBulgarian
  • forenseCatalan, Valencian
  • gerichtlich, forensisch, Gerichts-, rhetorischGerman
  • δικανικός, ρητορικός, εγκληματολογικόςGreek
  • forense, legal, retóricoSpanish
  • rikostekninen, oikeuslääketieteellinen, oikeudellinenFinnish
  • médicolégal, forensique, juridique, de [[barreau]], rhétorique, légalFrench
  • फॉरेंसिकHindi
  • դատականArmenian
  • forensikIndonesian
  • réttar-Icelandic
  • legale, medico-legale, giudiziarioItalian
  • 弁論, 討論, 法廷, 法医学Japanese
  • ಫೋರೆನ್ಸಿಕ್Kannada
  • causis forensibusLatin
  • न्यायवैद्यकीयMarathi
  • gerechts-, retorisch, forensisch, gerechtelijkDutch
  • kryminalistyczny, sądowy, oratorskiPolish
  • forense, retóricoPortuguese
  • juridicRomanian
  • судебный, судебно-медицинский, риторическийRussian
  • судово-медичнаUkrainian
  • 法庭的Chinese

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