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on November 1, 2019

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, 2019


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, 2019

Thank you Irina!