What is witness?

  • (verb): Be a witness to.
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A witness is someone who has, who claims to have, or is thought, by someone with authority to compel testimony, to have knowledge relevant to an event or other matter of interest. In law a witness is someone who, either voluntarily or under compulsion, provides testimonial evidence, either oral or written, of what he or she knows or claims to know about the matter before some official authorized to take such testimony.

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Credibility of A Witness
... Generally, a witness is deemed to be credible if they are recognized (or can be recognized) as a source of reliable information about someone, an event, or a ...

More definitions of "witness":

  • (noun): Someone who sees an event and reports what happened.
    Synonyms: witnesser, informant
  • (noun): Testimony by word or deed to your religious faith.
  • (verb): Perceive or be contemporaneous with.
    Synonyms: find, see
  • (noun): A close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind).
    Synonyms: spectator, viewer, watcher, looker
  • (noun): (law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law.
  • (noun): (law) a person who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature.
    Synonyms: attestant, attestor, attestator

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