excited utterance
ex·cit·ed ut·ter·ance n: a statement that concerns a startling event (as a physical assault) and that is made by a person while under stress caused by the event see also res gestae; spontaneous declaration at declaration compare dying declaration at declaration
◇ Excited utterances are an exception to the hearsay rule. They may be admitted as evidence even if the declarant is available as a witness.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

excited utterance
An exception to the hearsay rule that finds an out-of-court statement to be inherently reliable if it is made about a startling event while the person making the statement is experiencing that event.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


excited utterance
n. An exclamation made at the moment of an accident or other unexpected and disturbing event, considered under the rules of evidence to be likely to be truthful because of the urgency of the surrounding circumstances and, therefore, an exception to the hearsay rule.
See also hearsay.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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