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on November 1 at 08:06PM

Testimony (dictionary definitions...)

LOL! "Testimony" tripped me up too. I thought, well signing a petition is not a testimony. Is there a rarely used definition of testimony that means something as trivial as just making an indication? Signing a petition would be an indication of something, and thus a testimony.

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Irina on November 2 at 05:14PM


This is a tricky question, and it certainly makes sense that most students would think of a testimony as a sworn statement made in court, but testimony is generally understood broadly as any evidence given in a form of a statement. For instance, one legal definition is as follows: "testimony means “a statement in any form, including personal appearances before a court or other legal tribunal, interviews, depositions, telephonic, televised, or videotaped statements or any responses given during discovery or similar proceeding." Considering a petition is a form of a statement, signing it is akin to making that statement for the purposes of this answer.

Let me know if this makes sense and if you have any further questions.

on November 4 at 04:33PM

Thank you Irina!