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RUMOR. A general public report of certain things, without any certainty as to their truth.
     2. In general, rumor cannot be received in evidence, but when the question is whether such rumor existed, and not its truth or falsehood, then evidence of it may be given.

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Hopefully, they can come on and address whatever rumors you might have," she told the host.
Eusebio said he has not totally gotten used to hearing rumors.
Two years after Israels Operation "Brothers Keeper" to locate the bodies of three kidnapped youth, a new research study was published that examined the spread of rumors on WhatsApp in Israel at that time.
Based on the principle of system dynamics, the research of rumors by establishing rumors spreading models can date back to the 1960s.
The conference, entitled Rumor and Media, included three panel discussions, notably the role of government and private agencies in the Sultanate, the available means to counter the rumor and its impact on the media and the society, as well as the role of social media in spreading the rumor and countering it.
However, rumors suggest that this year Microsoft is likely to keep its MWC presence a low-key affair.
Sometimes rumors include inappropriate and insensitive comments regarding protected EEO categories.
Those that had created the rumor about the interference of the Brotherhood in my personal life are the same people who are behind the rumors that after the downfall of the Brotherhood from power I intend on taking Haifa back, all of which are untrue.
It (the platform) has collected about 100,000 brief statements on online rumors and phishing websites and offered Internet users about 30 websites through which they can report online rumors or scams.
A decade ago most rumors were purely speculative and unreliable nevertheless their effect on stock prices and on abnormal returns was often substantial.
These rumors were specifically chosen to exhibit the harm caused by online rumors, and the punishment for those who spread them, according to the paper.
I think a lot of people will be surprised to learn that using the Internet doesn't necessarily promote belief in rumors.