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Definitions of evidence

  1. To render evident or clear; to prove; to evince; as, to evidence a fact, or the guilt of an offender. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To render evident: to prove. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. provide evidence for; "The blood test showed that he was the father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. give evidence; "he was telling on all his former colleague" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. To prove; to show; to make clear to the mind. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6. an indication that makes something evident; "his trembling was evidence of his fear" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. (law) all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief; "the evidence that smoking causes lung cancer is very compelling" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. One who bears witness. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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.
  12. Proof; testimony. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. That which makes clear or conclusive; proof; witness. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. Fact on which a judgment is based; proof. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. A witness; that which enables the mind to see truth; proof; testimony; certainty. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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  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
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