opinion evidence

opinion evidence
Evidence of what the witness thinks, believes, or infers in regard to facts in dispute, as distinguished from personal knowledge of the facts themselves. The rules of evidence (Federal Rules of Evidence) ordinarily do not permit witnesses to testify as to opinions or conclusions.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


opinion evidence
Evidence of what the witness thinks, believes, or infers in regard to facts in dispute, as distinguished from personal knowledge of the facts themselves. The rules of evidence ordinarily do not permit witnesses to testify as to opinions or conclusions.

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