What is the difference between Hearsay and Witnesses?

The difference between hearsay and witnesses

is that “hearsay” is information that was heard by one person about another that cannot be adequately substantiated and “witnesses” is attestation of a fact or event; testimony.

hearsay

witnesses

Noun

  • Information that was heard by one person about another that cannot be adequately substantiated.
  • (law) Evidence based on the reports of others, which is normally inadmissible because it was not made under oath, rather than on personal knowledge.
  • (law) An out-of-court statement offered in court for the truth of the matter asserted, which is normally inadmissible because it is not subject to cross-examination unless the hearsay statement falls under one of a number of exceptions.

Synonyms

  • common talk
  • gossip
  • report
  • rumor

Noun

  • (uncountable) Attestation of a fact or event; testimony.
  • (countable) One who sees or has personal knowledge of something.
  • (countable, law) Someone called to give evidence in a court.
  • (countable) One who is called upon to witness an event or action, such as a wedding or the signing of a document.
  • (countable) Something that serves as evidence; a sign or token.

Examples

  • She can bear witness, since she was there at the time.
  • May we, with the warrant of womanhood and the witness of a good conscience, pursue him with any further revenge?
  • We have as much witness from heaven as we need.
  • On another corner, stands an old style tenement building, whose dirty grey facade bears as much witness to the volume of exhaust fumes from millions of passing cars as it does to the age of the dwelling.
  • Nor do the formation and articulation of such knowledge themselves bear much witness to Geist.
  • Fleeing is giving witness, and those that plead against it are loath to give so much witness
  • Ob. 16 can show that every nation will get at least this much witness
  • As a witness to the event, I can confirm that he really said that.
  • […] thyself art witness— I am betrothed.
  • Upon my looking round, I was a witness to appearances which filled me with melancholy and regret.
  • The witness for the prosecution did not seem very credible.
  • The bridesmaid and best man at a wedding typically serve as the witnesses.
  • Laban said to Jacob, […] This heap be witness, and this pillar be witness.

Verb

  • (transitive) To furnish proof of, to show.
  • (transitive) To take as evidence.
  • (transitive) To see or gain knowledge of through experience.
  • (intransitive, construed with to or for) To present personal religious testimony; to preach at (someone) or on behalf of.
  • To see the execution of (a legal instrument), and subscribe it for the purpose of establishing its authenticity.

Synonyms

  • certify

Examples

  • This certificate witnesses his presence on that day.
  • Depression often goes undetected until it is too late . Witness the recent White House suicide.
  • He witnessed the accident.
  • This is but a faint sketch of the incalculable calamities and horrors we must expect, should we be so unfortunate as ever to witness the triumph of modern infidelity
  • General Washington did not live to witness the restoration of peace.
  • Instead, Niebuhr’s God was the God witnessed to in the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, the Bible of the Christian world.
  • to witness a bond or a deed