Meaning of voir dire

voir dire

Pronunciation: (vwär' dēr' Fr. vwar dēr'), [key]
— Law. Law.
  1. an oath administered to a proposed witness or juror by which he or she is sworn to speak the truth in an examination to ascertain his or her competence.
  2. the examination itself.
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