Definition of Adverse witness

1. Noun. A witness whose relationship to the opposing party is such that his or her testimony may be prejudiced against the opposing party. "A hostile witness can be asked leading questions and cross-examined"

Exact synonyms: Hostile Witness
Generic synonyms: Witness

Definition of Adverse witness

1. Noun. (legal) A witness called on behalf of an adverse party. ¹

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Literary usage of Adverse witness

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1. A Treatise on the Law of Criminal Evidence: Including the Rules Regulating by Harry Clay Underhill (1898)
"Impeachment of adverse witness by showing bad reputation for veracity—Belief under oath.—Independent evidence tending directly to show that a witness ..."

2. A Brief for the Trial of Civil Issues Before a Jury by Austin Abbott (1900)
"So, one who calls an adverse witness has a right to contradict him by testimony ... A party who puts an adverse witness on the stand is not concluded by his ..."

3. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence: With a Discussion of the Principles and by Harry Clay Underhill (1894)
"How the adverse witness may be impeached — General reputation for veracity, etc. 350. Impeachment by proving contrary statements or silence of witness on a ..."

4. A Treatise on General Practice, Containing Rules and Sugestions for the Work by Byron Kosciusko Elliott, William Frederick Elliott (1894)
"If it brings sympathy, it will produce evil not easily remedied. § 635. adverse witness—How to cross-examine.—Never expect an adverse witness to give an ..."

5. A Treatise on the Law of Trials in Actions Civil and Criminal by Seymour Dwight Thompson (1889)
"Cross-examining' an adverse witness, whose Deposition has been taken.—Statutes exist in many jurisdictions enabling a party to compel the attendance of an ..."

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