voir dire
noun Etymology: Anglo-French, literally, to speak the truth Date: 1676 a preliminary examination to determine the competency of a witness or juror

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  • voir dire — 1 / vwär dir, wär / n [Anglo French, to speak the truth]: a formal examination esp. to determine qualification (as of a proposed witness) the judge admitted the witness s expert testimony after a voir dire by the attorney; esp: the act or process …   Law dictionary

  • Voir dire — (IPA IPA|/vwɑr dir/) is a phrase in law which derives from Anglo Norman. *In origin it refers to an oath to tell the truth (Latin verum dicere ), in other words to give a true verdict. The word voir (or voire ), in this context, is an old French… …   Wikipedia

  • Voir dire — [OF., to say the truth, fr. L. verus true + dicere to say.] (Law) 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • voir dire — 1670s, from O.Fr. voir true + dire to say …   Etymology dictionary

  • voir dire — [vwär΄ dir′] n. [Fr < voir(e), truly + dire, to say] Law 1. an oath taken by a person to speak the truth in an examination testing his or her competence as a witness or juror 2. the examination itself …   English World dictionary

  • Voir dire — Este artículo o sección sobre derecho necesita ser wikificado con un formato acorde a las convenciones de estilo. Por favor, edítalo para que las cumpla. Mientras tanto, no elimines este aviso puesto el 26 de noviembre de 2007. También puedes… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Voir dire — Der Ausdruck voir dire [vwaʀˈdiʀ] kommt aus dem Mittelfranzösischen; im modernen Englisch wird er mit „tell the truth“ (deutsch: die Wahrheit sagen) übersetzt und bezieht sich generell auf den Prozess, durch den voraussichtliche Jury Mitglieder… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • voir dire — /vwahr dear /; Fr. /vwannrdd deerdd /, Law. 1. an oath administered to a proposed witness or juror by which he or she is sworn to speak the truth in an examination to ascertain his or her competence. 2. the examination itself. [1670 80; < AF,… …   Universalium

  • voir dire —    (vwahr DEER) [Old French: the truth to say] An oath administered to a witness or juror who promises to speak the truth in an examination to determine his or her competence to testify; the examination itself.    At the opening of the… …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • voir dire — [[t]ˈvwɑr ˈdɪər[/t]] n. law the examination of a proposed witness or juror to ascertain the person s competence to give or hear testimony • Etymology: 1670–80; < AF, = OF voir true, truly +dire to say …   From formal English to slang

  • voir dire — /vwa ˈdɪə/ (say vwah dear) noun 1. Law a hearing by the judge in the course of, but apart from, the main trial, in order to settle a question raised by either party concerning any fact which has to be assumed for the purposes of the trial proper …   Australian English dictionary

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