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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

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

  2. hearsaynoun

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

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

  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

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

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. Preet Bharara:

    I don't see what the privilege is here that prevents him from providing information that is lawfully and appropriately subpoenaed by these three different committees, rudy Giuliani and others in support of the President have gone on television day after day after day saying as the thrust of their argument here that the whistleblower relies on hearsay information, second hand information.

  2. John Travolta:

    I haven't experienced anything that the hearsay has [claimed], so why would I communicate something that wasn't true for me?

  3. Jonathan Meltz:

    What you heard in court is hearsay. You heard one side of events. As you know, there are three sides to every story.

  4. Mike Quigley:

    Aprimer on hearsay : I think the American public needs to be reminded that countless people have been convicted on hearsay, because the courts have routinely allowed and created, needed exceptions to 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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