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Definitions of evidence

  1. provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes; " His high fever attested to his illness"; " The buildings in Rome manifest a high level of architectural sophistication"; " This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness"
  2. provide evidence for; " The blood test showed that he was the father"; " Her behavior testified to her incompetence"
  3. an indication that makes something evident; " his trembling was evidence of his fear"
  4. ( law) all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved
  5. give evidence; " he was telling on all his former colleague"
  6. your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief; " the evidence that smoking causes lung cancer is very compelling"
  7. That which makes evident or manifest; that which furnishes, or tends to furnish, proof; any mode of proof; the ground of belief or judgement; as, the evidence of our senses; evidence of the truth or falsehood of a statement.
  8. One who bears witness.
  9. That which is legally submitted to competent tribunal, as a means of ascertaining the truth of any alleged matter of fact under investigation before it; means of making proof; -- the latter, strictly speaking, not being synonymous with evidence, but rather the effect of it.
  10. To render evident or clear; to prove; to evince; as, to evidence a fact, or the guilt of an offender.
  11. To prove.
  12. The many types of information presented to a judge or jury designed to convince them of the truth or falsity of key facts. Evidence typically includes testimony of witnesses, documents, photographs, items of damaged property, government records, videos and laboratory reports. Rules that are as strict as they are quirky and technical govern what types of evidence can be properly admitted as part of a trial. For example, the hearsay rule purports to prevent secondhand testimony of the " he said, she said" variety, but the existence of dozens of exceptions often means that hairsplitting lawyers can find a way to introduce such testimony into evidence. See also admissible evidence, inadmissible evidence.
  13. Proof; testimony.
  14. That which makes evident: proof or testimony: a witness: in law, that which is legally submitted to a competent tribunal, as a means of ascertaining the truth of any alleged matter of fact under investigation before it: evidence may be either written or parole, direct or circumstantial; written evidence consists of records, deeds, affidavits, and other writings; parole or oral evidence is that rendered by witnesses personally appearing in court and sworn to the truth of what they depose; direct evidence is that of a person who has been an eye- witness to a fact; circumstantial evidence consists of many concurrent circumstances leading to an inference or conviction: one who or that which supplies evidence; a witness; an evident; as, " Infamous and perjured evidences."- Sir W. Scott ( Rare.)- KING'S or STATE'S EVIDENCE, in criminal law, evidence given by an accomplice, when the ordinary evidence is defective, on the understanding that he himself shall go free for his share of the crime: testimony is the evidence given by one witness, evidence is the testimony of one or many; we say the united testimonies, but the whole evidence.
  15. To render evident: to prove.
  16. That which makes clear or conclusive; proof; witness.
  17. Fact on which a judgment is based; proof.
  18. That which makes evident; proof on the authority of sense or reason, or the witness of others; a witness.
  19. To prove; to make clear to the mind.
  20. A witness; that which enables the mind to see truth; proof; testimony; certainty.
  21. To prove; to show; to make clear to the mind.
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Quotes of evidence

  1. It is almost impossible to exaggerate the proneness of the human mind to take miracles as evidence and to seek for miracles as evidence – Matthew Arnold
  2. Though gay lifestyles have certainly moved into the open, there's little evidence that society has become more open in its basic attitudes or that entertainers should feel cozy in emerging from the velvet underground. – Peter Bart
  3. This stuff on enemy combatants, the Bush Administration has fought like a tiger to avoid having to produce any evidence to a judge to show why somebody is locked up in perpetuity. Another example of that is the torture scandal. – James Bovard
  4. There is no evidence of any kind except that is directed toward Oswald. – John Sherman Cooper
  5. Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where's the harm? September 11th changed all that. – Richard Dawkins
  6. Is it philosophical, is it quite allowable, to assume without evidence from fossil plants that the family or any of the genera was once larger and wide spread? and occupied a continuous area? – Asa Gray
  7. Of course, a positive growth rate might be taken as evidence that a population is below its optimum. – Garrett Hardin
  8. I had not seen that until- and when it first came out I was told. I had not seen or been aware of all of that physical evidence And when I saw it, I was horrified. It was so astounding to me to see that there was that much evidence – Patty Hearst
  9. And yet you see the weakness of external evidence -and outward miracles; they were not sufficient to make true believers, or to make the Israelites believe that Jesus was their promised Messiah. – Elias Hicks
  10. God does not require you to follow His leadings on blind trust. Behold the evidence of an invisible intelligence pervading everything, even your own mind and body. – Raymond Holliwell
  11. Pain is life- the sharper, the more evidence of life. – Charles Lamb
  12. In spite of overwhelming evidence it is most difficult for a citizen of western Europe to bring thoroughly home to himself the truth that the civilisation which surrounds him is a rare exception in the history of the world. – Henry James Sumner Maine
  13. Darwin( 1859) recognized the fact that paleontology then seemed to provide evidence against rather for evolution in general or the gradual origin of taxonomic categories in particular. – George G. Simpson
  14. There are such beings as vampires, some of us have evidence that they exist. Even had we not the proof of our own unhappy experience, the teachings and the records of the past give proof enough for sane peoples. – Bram Stoker
  15. We have now seen that there is no particle of evidence for the Egyptian origin of Tarot cards. – Arthur E. Waite

Usage examples for evidence

  1. He'll find the evidence we want, dear. – The Short Cut by Jackson Gregory
  2. What you point out is by far the most important piece of evidence I've yet had to offer. – The Beckoning Hand and Other Stories The Beckoning Hand--Lucretia--The Third Time--The Gold Wulfric--My Uncle's Will--The Two Carnegies--Olga Davidoff's Husband--John Cann's Treasure--Isaline and I--Professor Milliter's Dilemma--In Strict Confidence--The by Grant Allen
  3. How can that be evidence if you cannot explain it, general? – A Voyage with Captain Dynamite by Charles Edward Rich
  4. " No evidence Scotty replied. – The Flaming Mountain by Harold Leland Goodwin
  5. No answer from Speug, but a look of satisfaction that was beyond all evidence – Young Barbarians by Ian Maclaren
  6. The evening papers are not out, and you were there, of course, and gave evidence I suppose. – The Judgment House by Gilbert Parker
  7. I ask that he should be allowed to give evidence at once. – In the Mayor's Parlour by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
  8. And the mystery is not quite cleared away by the evidence – Memoirs of James Robert Hope-Scott, Volume 2 by Robert Ornsby
  9. They say the evidence against me is very strong. – Counsel for the Defense by Leroy Scott
  10. He moved slowly forward, listening and watching for some evidence of Little Raven. – White Otter by Elmer Russell Gregor
  11. Only don't forget that anything you say may be used in evidence against you." – The Grell Mystery by Frank Froest
  12. The evidence is entirely the other way. – Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton
  13. I suppose you will believe me, but your daughter can give evidence as to every word that I have written. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  14. " The captain told me to report to Colonel Baker that he possessed new evidence which would hang Miss Newton. – The Lost Despatch by Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  15. They found lots of evidence – Underground by Suelette Dreyfus
  16. If we only had some direct evidence against them! – Tom Swift among the Fire Fighters or, Battling with Flames from the Air by Victor Appleton
  17. Let's get the young man's evidence – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  18. Listen, he cried, I'm going to give you better evidence than that against me. – In the Heart of a Fool by William Allen White
  19. " I want you to notice this little bit of evidence he said. – The Mystery of the Four Fingers by Fred M. White
  20. Certainly we have found no evidence to show that any other servant slept here. – In the Fog by Richard Harding Davis

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