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The outward physical behavior and appearance of a person.

Demeanor is not merely what someone says but the manner in which it is said. Factors that contribute to an individual's demeanor include tone of voice, facial expressions, gestures, and carriage.

The term demeanor is most often applied to a witness during a trial. Demeanor evidence is quite valuable in shedding light on the credibility of a witness, which is one of the reasons why personal presence at trial is considered to be of paramount importance and has great significance concerning the Hearsay rule. To aid a jury in its determination of whether or not it should believe or disbelieve particular testimony, it should be provided with the opportunity to hear statements directly from a witness in court whenever possible.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Judicial demeanour went out the window and straight-up politicking took its place.
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"He definitely keeps emphasising demeanour on court, which I probably would not have put in as one of the priorities for what I needed to improve at that moment."
"You could see his demeanour on the side of the pitch.
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One woman wrote: "Andy will always be remembered fondly for his lovely gentle demeanour. "He was so generous with his time, always willing to help and had a wonderful ability to find solutions to our Lotus problems.
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