testimony
tes·ti·mo·ny /'tes-tə-ˌmō-nē/ n pl -nies [Latin testimonium, from testis witness]: evidence furnished by a witness under oath or affirmation and either orally or in an affidavit or deposition
former testimony: testimony that a witness gives at a different proceeding (as another hearing or a deposition)
◇ Under Federal Rule of Evidence 804, former testimony is admissible as an exception to the hearsay rule when the declarant is unavailable and if a predecessor in interest in a civil proceeding or the party against whom the testimony is offered had an opportunity and similar motive to develop the testimony.
negative testimony: testimony concerning what did not happen; esp: testimony concerning what one did not perceive
negative testimony that the witness did not hear a train whistle
◇ Negative testimony is sometimes accorded the same weight as positive testimony when the witness was in a position to perceive something and was eagerly attentive.
opinion testimony: testimony relaying opinion as opposed to direct knowledge of the facts at issue
◇ Opinion testimony may be allowed in evidence when it helps the factfinder understand or determine the facts at issue. Such testimony by a lay witness must be rationally based on his or her perception. A qualified expert witness may also give opinion testimony. The expert's opinion may be based on facts or data that he or she perceives directly or of which he or she is made aware other than by direct perception at or before trial.
positive testimony: testimony that presents an affirmative declaration of fact and is based on the personal knowledge of the testifier
reputation testimony: testimony concerning a person's reputation among associates or in the community
tes·ti·mo·ni·al /ˌtes-tə-'mō-nē-əl/ adj
tes·ti·mo·ni·al·ly adv

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

testimony
I noun affidavit, affirmation, assertion, asseveration, attestation, averment, avowal, declaration, declaration of facts, deposition, disclosure, evidence, evidence by a competent witness, evidence in support of, expression, profession, proof, proof by a witness, revelation, statement, statement of facts, testimonium associated concepts: circumstantial testimony, compelled testimony, corroborative testimony, cross-examination, deposition, direct examination, expert testimony, impeachment of testimony, incompetent testimony, involuntary testimony, oral testimony, perjured testimony, preservation of testimony, testimony under oath II index adjuration, admission (disclosure), affirmance (legal affirmation), affirmation, attestation, avowal, certification (attested copy), corroboration, deposition, disclosure (something disclosed), proof, reference (recommendation), statement

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


testimony
n.
The spoken evidence given by a witness under oath in court or at a deposition, or written evidence provided by a witness under oath through an affidavit.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


testimony
a statement of a witness in court, usually on oath, offered as evidence of the truth of what is alleged.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


testimony
Evidence given under oath by a witness either at trial or in an affidavit or deposition.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


testimony
n. Statements made by competent witnesses, who have been sworn in at a trial or deposition or in an affidavit. Although frequently used synonymously with evidence, the latter is the broader term and encompasses both testimony and physical evidence.
@ expert testimony
Testimony given by an individual with special qualifications or credentials that enable him to provide information to the fact-finder to assist with resolving the ultimate facts in issue. Also known as "opinion testimony," because, as opposed to "fact witnesses," expert witnesses are permitted to give their opinions.
@ opinion testimony
Testimony given by an individual with special qualifications or credentials that enable him to provide information to the fact-finder to assist with resolving the ultimate facts in issue. Also known as "expert testimony," because, as opposed to "fact witnesses," expert witnesses are permitted to give their opinions.
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


testimony
Oral evidence offered by a competent witness under oath, which is used to establish some fact or set of facts.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


testimony
I
Oral evidence offered by a competent witness under oath, which is used to establish some fact or set of facts.
II The evidence given by a witness under oath. It does not include evidence from documents and other physical evidence.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

testimony
n.
   oral evidence given under oath by a witness in answer to questions posed by attorneys at trial or at a deposition (questioning under oath outside of court).

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Testimony — Tes ti*mo*ny, n.; pl. {Testimonies}. [L. testimonium, from testis a witness: cf. OF. testimoine, testemoine, testimonie. See {Testify}.] 1. A solemn declaration or affirmation made for the purpose of establishing or proving some fact. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • testimony — tes‧ti‧mo‧ny [ˈtestməni ǁ moʊni] noun testimonies PLURALFORM [countable, uncountable] LAW a formal statement that something is true, such as the one a witness makes in a court of law: • In her testimony, she denied that she knew about the… …   Financial and business terms

  • testimony — late 14c., the Ten Commandments, from L.L. testimonium (Vulgate), along with Gk. to martyrion (Septuagint), translations of Heb. eduth attestation, testimony (of the Decalogue), from ed witness. Meaning evidence, statement of a witness first… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Testimony — Tes ti*mo*ny, v. t. To witness; to attest; to prove by testimony. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • testimony — [tes′tə mō΄nē] n. pl. testimonies [ME < L testimonium < testis, a witness: see TESTIFY] 1. a declaration or statement made under oath or affirmation by a witness in a court, often in response to questioning, to establish a fact 2. any… …   English World dictionary

  • testimony — *evidence, deposition, affidavit Analogous words: trial, test, proof, demonstration (see under PROVE): witnessing or witness, attesting or attestation, certifying or certification, vouching for (see corresponding verbs at CERTIFY) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • testimony — [n] declaration about truth; proof affidavit, affirmation, attestation, avowal, confirmation, corroboration, data, demonstration, deposition, documentation, evidence, facts, grounds, illustration, indication, information, manifestation,… …   New thesaurus

  • testimony — ► NOUN (pl. testimonies) 1) a formal statement, especially one given in a court of law. 2) evidence or proof of something. ORIGIN Latin testimonium …   English terms dictionary

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