hearsay

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj hearsay heard through another rather than directly "hearsay information"
    • n hearsay gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hearsay hēr"sā` Report; rumor; fame; common talk; something heard from another. "Much of the obloquy that has so long rested on the memory of our great national poet originated in frivolous hearsays of his life and conversation."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hearsay Information communicated by another; report; common talk; rumor; gossip.
    • hearsay Of or pertaining to or depending upon hearsay, or the talk of others; told or given at second hand.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hearsay common talk: rumour: report
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Quotations

  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “How can what an Englishman believes be hearsay? It is a contradiction in terms.”
  • Hosea Ballou
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    “Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character.”
  • Danish Proverb
    Danish Proverb
    “Sight before hearsay.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hýran; Dut. hooren, Ice. heyra, Ger. hören, Goth. hausjan.

Usage

In literature:

But Nanny visited no one, and so Jess only knew her by hearsay.
"A Window in Thrums" by J. M. Barrie
Dick knew well enough, from hearsay, the method of "breaking down" a wild horse.
"The Dog Crusoe and his Master" by R.M. Ballantyne
Those who were about to begin knew nothing about drainage, except from hearsay knowledge that had crept into the community.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 3, January 19, 1884." by Various
From hearsay, of course!
"The Love Affairs of an Old Maid" by Lilian Bell
His biography is scarcely less characteristic than his works, for he describes nothing through hearsay or imagination.
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
You must have known it from hearsay in consequence of the book I have published.
"Apologia Pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Cardinal Newman
That they were largely founded upon facts Judge Willis probably knew from common hearsay.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
It turns out that the author is quite a young man, and that he gathered everything by reading and by hearsay.
"My Contemporaries In Fiction" by David Christie Murray
By silencing forever this the only witness to his crime, he could defy hearsay testimony.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
A few anecdotes, obviously based quite tenuously upon hearsay, will suffice to illustrate.
"The Fair Play Settlers of the West Branch Valley, 1769-1784" by George D. Wolf
This was still all hearsay to me.
"The Misplaced Battleship" by Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
Even though he seemed to believe what he was saying, it's pure hearsay.
"The Best Made Plans" by Everett B. Cole
This is no hearsay, no tip.
"The Tipster" by Edwin Lefevre
There are no people now living here who knew her even by hearsay.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
Well, then, Master Fred, it's only hearsay, and you know what hearsay is.
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
I wouldn't give an ounce of experience for a ton of hearsay.
"Fast in the Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
No hearsay evidence in the case.
"Valerie" by Frederick Marryat
I am acquainted with the parties only by hearsay.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
At the same time we see that some hearsay knowledge of China had made its way into the Roman world before the days of Ptolemy.
"The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Fiske
The witnesses who were summoned were not members of the order, and had only hearsay evidence to give.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
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In poetry:

You only know this misery from hearsay!
We saw it, and our hearts will never mend!
Whoever saw that little boy's condition
Will not come home again until the end.
""The major brought the boy out on the gun;..."" by Konstantin Simonov
W. Who told you that! -- M. Why, there again
The sound is old -- pox on this tongue!
I wish to God you still were young!
-- If I am wrong I cry you mercy;
My proofs, I own, are only -- hearsay -- But tell the truth and I'll engage, sir ;--
"To J. W. On His Birth Day. A Dialogue Between Seventy Two and Twenty Seven" by Hector MacNeill

In news:

Manual to allow executions based on hearsay .
Appeals court upholds conviction in hearsay case.
That's what she said: Fact finding not required for domestic violence hearsay evidence .
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A trial court should not have admitted a probable cause affidavit that contained multiple layers of hearsay at a probation revocation hearing, the Indiana Court of Appeals concluded Wednesday.
Where a defendant's probation was revoked, the revocation was based on sufficiently reliable hearsay.
After I wrote mine, based on hearsay and Kathy Stephenson's report, owner Ken Millo sent me the full story about his plans for the Cucina Restaurant Group.
Now Hearsay can hardly believe that not a single dadburn Hearsayer out there knows where the purple bathtub is.
Two weeks ago, Hearsay appealed to the pean.
Judge rules testimony from employee hearsay.
Rambus Says Judges Blew Hearsay Call in $4 Billion Price-Fixing Case.
After months of deliberation and hearsay, Pith has it on authority that the tony Belle Meade Country Club has admitted its first resident African-American member.
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In science:

This paper discusses HearSay, a system for browsing hypertext Web documents via audio.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
The HearSay system is based on automatically creating audio browsable content from hypertext Web documents.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
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