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original evidence


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1 Evidence of a statement made by a person other than the testifying witness, which is offered to prove that the statement was actually made rather than to prove its truth. Thus, if in an action for slander a witness testifies that he heard the defendant defame the claimant, his testimony is original evidence. The use of the term distinguishes such evidence from hearsay evidence.

2 See direct evidence.

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