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Definition: 1. related to scientific methods of solving crimes, involving examining the objects or substances that are involved in the crime; 2. scientific application used in or pertaining to legal proceedings; 3. relating to debate or public discussion

Synonyms: scientific, legal, rhetorical


Tips: Forensic evidence is collected to determine cause and manner of a death and/or crime. It is taken from the Latin word fornsis, "public, of a forum." Think of it as putting scientific technology to work in order to display a forum of evidence. Forensic pathology studies the human body to decide cause and manner of death, forensic odontology studies dentition, for identification, and forensic toxicology delves into drugs and poisons and what they may have done to someone. Forensic evidence may be used in a legal trial.

Usage Examples:

Using evidence collected from the cadaver, the forensic team was able to reconstruct the crime. (scientific, pathology)

When the manner of death is suspect, forensic experts are required to perform an autopsy. (scientific, pathology)

The TV show CSI made forensic investigating look cool. (scientific)

The forensic evidence used in the trial helped convict the murderer. (scientific, pathology)

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