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Meaning of evidence by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin evidentia ( “clearness, in Late Latin a proof” ), from evidens ( “clear, evident” ); see evident .


    • IPA: /ˈɛvɪdəns/, /ˈɛvədəns/


    evidence ( usually uncountable; plural: evidences )

    1. Facts or observations presented in support of an assertion .
      There is no evidence that anyone was here earlier .
    2. ( law ) Anything admitted by a court to prove or disprove alleged matters of fact in a trial.

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    • evidence in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • evidence in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of evidence by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. provide evidence for

    2. give evidence

    3. provide evidence for

    1. your basis for belief or disbelief

    2. the evidence that smoking causes lung cancer is very compelling
    3. an indication that makes something evident

    4. his trembling was evidence of his fear
    5. all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved

    Definition of evidence by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Evidence n. [F. évidence, L. Evidentia. See Evident.]
      1. 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.”

      Faith is . . . the evidence of things not seen. Heb. xi. 1.

      O glorious trial of exceeding love

      Illustrious evidence, example high. Milton.

      2. One who bears witness. [R.] “Infamous and perjured evidences.” Sir W. Scott.

      3. ( Law ) 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. Greenleaf.

      Circumstantial evidence, Conclusive evidence, etc. See under Circumstantial, Conclusive, etc. -- Crown's evidence, King's evidence, or Queen's evidence, evidence for the crown, in English courts; equivalent to state's evidence in American courts. [Eng.] -- State's evidence, evidence for the government or the people. [U. S. ] -- To turn King's evidence To turn Queen's evidence, or To turn State's evidence, to confess a crime and give evidence against one's accomplices.

      Syn. -- Testimony; proof. See Testimony.

    2. Evidence, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Evidenced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Evidencing] To render evident or clear; to prove; to evince; as, “to evidence a fact, or the guilt of an offender”. Milton.