The adjective forensic describes scientific methods used to investigate crimes. If you're looking for forensic evidence, you're using your scientific know-how to find proof that will help solve crimes.

The adjective forensic comes from the Latin word forensis, meaning “in open court” or “public.” When you describe something as forensic you usually mean that is has to do with finding evidence to solve a crime. It could also mean that it has to do with the courts or legal system. You could have a forensic advantage — meaning an advantage in court — if the forensic team — meaning the investigators — found no forensic evidence of you being involved.

Definitions of forensic
  1. adjective
    used or applied in the investigation and establishment of facts or evidence in a court of law
    forensic photograph”
    forensic ballistics”
    concerned with concrete problems or data rather than with fundamental principles
  2. adjective
    of, relating to, or used in public debate or argument
    given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought
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