Etymology
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forensic (adj.)

"pertaining to or suitable for courts of law," 1650s, with -ic + stem of Latin forensis "of a forum, place of assembly," related to forum "public place" (see forum). Later used especially in sense of "pertaining to legal trials," as in forensic medicine (1845). Related: Forensical (1580s).

updated on December 18, 2014

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Definitions of forensic from WordNet

forensic (adj.)
of, relating to, or used in public debate or argument;
forensic (adj.)
used or applied in the investigation and establishment of facts or evidence in a court of law;
forensic ballistics
forensic photograph
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