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with Anu Garg

res gestae

PRONUNCIATION:
(REEZ JES-tee, RAYS GES-ty)

MEANING:
noun: Facts incidental to a case, admissible as evidence in a lawsuit. For example, exclamations uttered by a robber during a holdup.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin, literally, things done.

USAGE:
"Evidence of a constable as to what was said to him by the victim of a collision in the presence of the defendant 20 minutes after the incident was hearsay evidence and not admissible as part of the res gestae."
Tobi Nickolas; Evidence 20 Minutes After Motor Incident Inadmissible; The Times (London, UK); Jul 23, 1987.

See more usage examples of res gestae in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow. -Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)

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