Definition of Cross-examination

1. Noun. (law) close questioning of a hostile witness in a court of law to discredit or throw a new light on the testimony already provided in direct examination.

Generic synonyms: Examination, Interrogation, Interrogatory
Terms within: Cross-question, Leading Question
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Cross Examine



Definition of Cross-examination

1. Noun. (legal) The interrogating or questioning of a witness by the party against whom he or she has been called and examined. See examination. ¹

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Literary usage of Cross-examination

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"In his cross-examination, witness said he had made the best effort in his power, ... The cross-examination was resumed the next day, 20th June, 1849. ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1911)
"Undoubtedly the right of cross-examination is a valuable right, and, if It be improperly denied, a reversal must result. There is authority In England to ..."

3. Company Precedents, for Use in Relation to Companies Subject to the by Francis Beaufort Palmer (1881)
"... Let T. esq., barrister-at-law, be appointed special examiner in the above matters for the purpose of taking the cross examination and re-examination of ..."

4. A Treatise on the Law of Criminal Evidence: Including the Rules Regulating by Harry Clay Underhill (1898)
"Hence, in those states it is reversible error for the court to permit the cross-examination to extend beyond the limits of the direct, both as regards ..."

5. A Brief for the Trial of Civil Issues Before a Jury by Austin Abbott, William Charles Wermuth (1922)
"But a husband cannot in an action of ejectment to which his wife is not a party call her as for cross-examination upon the allegation that her interest is ..."

6. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence by Simon Greenleaf (1899)
"158), Lord Redesdale allowed the deposition of a witness, whose examination had been completed, but who died before his cross-examination could be had, ..."

7. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"In his cross-examination, witness said he had made the best effort in his power, ... The cross-examination was resumed the next day, 20th June, 1849. ..."

8. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1911)
"Undoubtedly the right of cross-examination is a valuable right, and, if It be improperly denied, a reversal must result. There is authority In England to ..."

9. Company Precedents, for Use in Relation to Companies Subject to the by Francis Beaufort Palmer (1881)
"... Let T. esq., barrister-at-law, be appointed special examiner in the above matters for the purpose of taking the cross examination and re-examination of ..."

10. A Treatise on the Law of Criminal Evidence: Including the Rules Regulating by Harry Clay Underhill (1898)
"Hence, in those states it is reversible error for the court to permit the cross-examination to extend beyond the limits of the direct, both as regards ..."

11. A Brief for the Trial of Civil Issues Before a Jury by Austin Abbott, William Charles Wermuth (1922)
"But a husband cannot in an action of ejectment to which his wife is not a party call her as for cross-examination upon the allegation that her interest is ..."

12. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence by Simon Greenleaf (1899)
"158), Lord Redesdale allowed the deposition of a witness, whose examination had been completed, but who died before his cross-examination could be had, ..."

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