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voir dire n
[Anglo-French, to speak the truth]
: a formal examination esp. to determine qualification (as of a proposed witness) [the judge admitted the witness's expert testimony after a voir dire by the attorney]
: the act or process of questioning prospective jurors to determine which are qualified (as by freedom from bias) and suited for service on a jury
vt voir dired
: to examine in a voir dire proceeding [a motion to voir dire the witness outside the presence of the jury] [voir diring prospective jurors as to their beliefs concerning the death penalty "State v. Ortiz, 540 P.2d 850 (1975) (concur)"]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.