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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. To render evident or clear; to prove; to evince; as, to evidence a fact, or the guilt of an offender.
  10. 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.
  11. Proof; testimony.
  12. 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.
  13. To render evident: to prove.
  14. That which makes clear or conclusive; proof; witness.
  15. Fact on which a judgment is based; proof.
  16. That which makes evident; proof on the authority of sense or reason, or the witness of others; a witness.
  17. To prove; to make clear to the mind.
  18. A witness; that which enables the mind to see truth; proof; testimony; certainty.
  19. To prove; to show; to make clear to the mind.
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Usage examples for evidence

  1. 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
  2. The evening papers are not out, and you were there, of course, and gave evidence, I suppose. – The Judgment House by Gilbert Parker
  3. 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
  4. No answer from Speug, but a look of satisfaction that was beyond all evidence. – Young Barbarians by Ian Maclaren
  5. How can that be evidence if you cannot explain it, general? – A Voyage with Captain Dynamite by Charles Edward Rich
  6. The evidence is entirely the other way. – Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton
  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. They found lots of evidence. – Underground by Suelette Dreyfus
  9. He moved slowly forward, listening and watching for some evidence of Little Raven. – White Otter by Elmer Russell Gregor
  10. He'll find the evidence we want, dear. – The Short Cut by Jackson Gregory
  11. 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
  12. They say the evidence against me is very strong. – Counsel for the Defense by Leroy Scott
  13. " I want you to notice this little bit of evidence," he said. – The Mystery of the Four Fingers by Fred M. White
  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. Certainly we have found no evidence to show that any other servant slept here. – In the Fog by Richard Harding Davis
  16. 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
  17. " No evidence," Scotty replied. – The Flaming Mountain by Harold Leland Goodwin
  18. Only don't forget that anything you say may be used in evidence against you." – The Grell Mystery by Frank Froest
  19. Let's get the young man's evidence. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
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