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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rumor, rumour, hearsayadjective

    gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth

  2. hearsayadjective

    heard through another rather than directly

    "hearsay information"


  1. hearsaynoun

    information that was heard by one person about another

  2. hearsaynoun

    evidence based on the reports of others rather than on personal knowledge; normally inadmissible because not made under oath

  3. hearsaynoun

    evidence: an out-of-court statement offered in court for the truth of the matter asserted; normally inadmissible because not subject to cross-examination, unless the hearsay statement falls under one of the many exceptions

  4. Etymology: 1525–35; from phrase by hear say, translation of Middle French par ouïr dire.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hearsaynoun

    Report; rumour; what is not known otherwise than by account from others.

    Etymology: hear and say.

    For prey these shepherds two he took,
    Whose metal stiff he knew he could not bend
    With hearsay pictures, or a window look. Philip Sidney.

    He affirms by hearsay, that some giants saved themselves upon the mountain Baris in Armenia. Walter Raleigh, History.

    All the little scramblers after fame fall upon him, publish every blot in his life, and depend upon hearsay to defame him. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hearsaynoun

    report; rumor; fame; common talk; something heard from another


  1. Hearsay

    Hearsay is a 1987 album by R&B musician Alexander O'Neal. The album peaked at #29 on the "Billboard 200" and reached #2 on "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". The album launched seven charting singles in the UK. "Fake" peaked at #33 on the "UK Singles"; "Criticize" peaked at #4; "Never Knew Love Like This" at #26; "The Lovers" at #28; " To Make You Love Me" at #27; "Sunshine" at #72. Several remixes of the album's songs also charted: "Fake '88", #16; "Hearsay '89", #56. Two of the tracks, "Fake" and "Criticize", were popular anthems in UK dance clubs. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on October 20, 1987. In the UK, it sold more than 700,000 copies. In 2003, Hearsay was reissued on Capitol Records' reissue label The Right Stuff Records. In 2008, "Criticize" appeared on Grand Theft Auto IV's fictional Soul/R&B radio station The Vibe 98.8.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hearsay in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hearsay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of hearsay in a Sentence

  1. Andrew McCarthy:

    But whether the President's conduct is or is not within the letter of the law is irrelevant; there's a really good reason why, for generations, presidents from across the ideological spectrum have respected the principle of not interfering in federal criminal investigations. That President Trump seems wholly indifferent to this principle, or the potentially devastating consequences of its demise, is the real scandal here. a prosecutor wouldn't make a decision on the basis of one hearsay line in a memo that has not been publicly available and that no one knows the context of.

  2. Loren Weisman:

    Consider choosing the here is how over the I know you can types. Consider connecting with those that have the authority and ability to show, educate and help you create what you want... instead of those that only focus on vague directions, hearsay instructions, empty motivation and scripted hype.

  3. Ben Hirschmann:

    A bunch of the stuff they (Democrats) have is based on hearsay, which doesn't stand up in court. Speculation doesn't stand up either.

  4. Lindsey Graham:

    This seems to me like a political setup. It's all hearsay.

  5. Mickey Mehta:

    Believe only in what you have known through your personal experience and not in what you have heard. Till you haven't experienced it, it cannot be your truth. Don't let your life with hearsay be trivialized; live and learn through knowing and get MickeyMized.

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    applied to a fish depicted horizontally
    • A. lank
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    • C. naiant
    • D. usurious

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