adverse witness


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Noun1.adverse witness - a witness whose relationship to the opposing party is such that his or her testimony may be prejudiced against the opposing partyadverse witness - a witness whose relationship to the opposing party is such that his or her testimony may be prejudiced against the opposing party; "a hostile witness can be asked leading questions and cross-examined"
witness - (law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law
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or adverse witness, and no opportunity whatsoever to obtain the sworn
Meandering through topics with an adverse witness is unlikely to produce helpful answers.
ISSUE: Generally, every circumstance relating to the direct testimony of an adverse witness of relating to anything within his or her knowledge is a proper subject for cross-examination, including any matter which might qualify or diminish the impact of direct examination.