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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Testimony

Meaning of Testimony

In technical sense, the term denotes evidence given orally under oath or by means of affidavits or depositions in a court or judicial proceeding . However, the term has come to be used frequently as synonymous with evidence. See Superior Lloyds of America v Foxworth, (Tex. Civ.App.) 178 S. W.2d 724.

Testimony Alternative Definition

The statement made by a witness under oath or affirmation. For distinction between testimony and evidence, see Evidence.

Synonyms of Testimony


  • 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
  • crossexamination
  • deposition
  • direct examination
  • expert testimony
  • impeachment of testimony
  • incompetent testimony
  • involuntary testimony
  • oral testimony
  • perjured testimony
  • preservation of testimony
  • testimony under oath

Definition of Testimony in the Free Online Notary Dictionary

Evidence Given By A Competent Witness Under Oath Or Affirmation.

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Related Entries of Testimony in the Encyclopedia of Law Project

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Testimony in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Accomplice, Actuary, Bill Of Exceptions, Competency, Competent, Consonant Statement, Contradiction, Corroboration, Court, Credible, Demonstrative Evidence, Deposition, Discredit, Ejectment, Evidence, Hearsay Evidence, Hostile Witness, Incompetent, Judicial Notice, Motion For Judgment Notwithstanding Verdict, Opinion Evidence, Parol Evidence, Perjury, Proof, Court Of Record, Referee, Reference, Self-incrimination, Subpoena.


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Testimony in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of testimony.


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Testimony

(You may find testimony at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

c. 1400, “proof or demonstration of some fact, evidence, piece of evidence;” early 15c., “legal testimony, sworn statement of a witness,” from Old North French testimonie (Old French testimoine 11c.), from Latin testimonium “evidence, proof, witness, attestation,” from testis “a witness, one who attests” (see testament) + -monium, suffix signifying action, state, condition. Despite the common modern assertion, the sense of the word is unlikely to have anything to do with testicles (see testis). Earliest attested sense in English is “the Ten Commandments” (late 14c.), from Vulgate use of Late Latin testimonium, along with Greek to martyrion (Septuagint), translations of Hebrew ‘eduth “attestation, testimony” (of the Decalogue), from ‘ed “witness.”

Meaning of Testimony in Spanish

Description/ translation of testimony into Spanish: testimonio, prueba testifical; prior testimony: prueba testifical anticipada[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where testimony belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Testimony published by Antonio Peñaranda


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

United States Tax Concept of Testimony

Evidence given by a competent witness under oath.

Testimony Meaning in the U.S. Court System

Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.

Meaning of Testimony in the U.S. Legal System

Definition of Testimony published by the National Association for Court Management: The evidence given by a witness under oath. It does not include evidence from documents and other physical evidence.




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