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An official or formal statement of facts or proceedings. To give an account of; to relate; to tell or convey information; the written statement of such an account.For example, one kind of report is the formal statement in writing made to a court by a master, a clerk, or a referee who has been appointed to inquire into a particular matter for the court. Sometimes the report of a public official is distinguished from a return. A return typically discloses something done or observed by the official, whereas a report shows the results of an investigation into matters outside the personal knowledge of the official.

Regularly published volumes of books containing accounts of decisions and opinions of various courts are sometimes referred to as reports, but more often they are called reporters.

The Annual Report for stockholders is prepared by a corporation, a consumer report describes the qualities of a manufactured product, and a credit report assesses the creditworthiness of a business or consumer for a bank or other lender.

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a written account of a decided case giving the main points of the argument on each side, the court's findings, and the decision reached. See also RUBRIC.
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REPORT, legislation. A statement made by a committee to a legislative assembly, of facts of which they were charged to inquire.

REPORT, practice. A certificate to the court made by a master in chancery, commissioner or other person appointed by the court, of the facts or matters to be ascertained by him, or of something of which it is his duty to inform the court.
     2. If the parties in the case accede to the report, find no exceptions are filed, it is in due time confirmed; if exceptions are filed to the report, they will, agreeably to the rules of the court, be heard, and the report will either be confirmed, set aside, or referred. back for the correction of some error. 2 Madd. Ch. 505; Blake's Ch. Pr. 230; Vin. Ab. h.t.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The relation between conjunctions of reported speech and constructions of purpose and reason has often been noted in the literature, and has sometimes been described as an areal feature, specifically for South Asia (Bashir 1988; Saxena 1995) and the Bantu area (Gtildemann 2002).
Because reported speech is placed in slot B and because the naturalness scale cannot be extended to the right in this particular case, reported speech exemplifies an extremely unnatural environment.
Kerge (1979) has viewed this problem in relation with reported speech and drawn the line between the first and the second person--it is impossible to refer to someone else's thoughts unless they have been voiced.
The first chapter deals with forms of conversation and is mainly devoted to the three standard types (direct, indirect, and reported speech), distinguished by the role played by the narrator.
What is important about the "I" of reported speech is that it begins to reveal the complexity of the "I" of discourse and acts as an interesting pivot point in opening out our understanding of the mobility that the "I," usually the marker and foundation of identity, can possess.
Deutscher's use of the term "reported speech" to refer to direct speech is confusing, for in other linguistic works it is rather the parallel of indirect speech.
While some of the fault lies in the difficulty of translating Maechler's text from the original German (with its ability to distinguish between direct and reported speech) into English, Maechler plays too many games with the reader.
At the time newspaper reports and other popular pamphlets and booklets regularly included quotations from trials, reported speech, dramatizations, and descriptions of actions and reactions of witnesses and family members.
According to a doge's notary's record of the subsequent election, [18] which used the reported speech of two nuns acting as his informants, thirty-four women took part a nd there were three nominated candidates.
Sainsbury's "Indexicals and Reported Speech" explores the consequences of two hypotheses: that constraints on reporting speech can be treated as guides to meaning, and that two thoughts differ if either is rationally cotenable with the negation of the other.
While collecting oral histories from Balga tribesmen in 1998, I heard dozens of stories about King Abdullah, most of which contained his reported speech. I recorded no stories, however, of conversations between Hussein and tribesmen, even though Hussein had been in power for over forty years.