noun ev·i·dence \ˈe-və-dən(t)s, -və-ˌden(t)s\

: something which shows that something else exists or is true

: a visible sign of something

: material that is presented to a court of law to help find the truth about something

Full Definition of EVIDENCE

a :  an outward sign :  indication
b :  something that furnishes proof :  testimony; specifically :  something legally submitted to a tribunal to ascertain the truth of a matter
:  one who bears witness; especially :  one who voluntarily confesses a crime and testifies for the prosecution against his accomplices
in evidence
:  to be seen :  conspicuous <trim lawns … are everywhere in evidenceAmerican Guide Series: North Carolina>
:  as evidence

Examples of EVIDENCE

  1. There is no evidence that these devices actually work.
  2. He has been unable to find evidence to support his theory.
  3. Investigators could find no evidence linking him to the crime.
  4. The jury had a great deal of evidence to sort through before reaching a verdict.
  5. There is not a scrap of evidence in her favor.
  6. Anything you say may be used as evidence against you.

First Known Use of EVIDENCE

14th century



: to offer or show evidence of (something) : to show or indicate (something)


Full Definition of EVIDENCE

transitive verb
:  to offer evidence of :  prove, evince

First Known Use of EVIDENCE

circa 1610

Synonym Discussion of EVIDENCE

show, exhibit, display, expose, parade, flaunt mean to present so as to invite notice or attention. show implies no more than enabling another to see or examine <showed her snapshots to the whole group>. exhibit stresses putting forward prominently or openly <exhibit paintings at a gallery>. display emphasizes putting in a position where others may see to advantage <display sale items>. expose suggests bringing forth from concealment and displaying <sought to expose the hypocrisy of the town fathers>. parade implies an ostentatious or arrogant displaying <parading their piety for all to see>. flaunt suggests a shameless, boastful, often offensive parading <nouveaux riches flaunting their wealth>.

show, manifest, evidence, evince, demonstrate mean to reveal outwardly or make apparent. show is the general term but sometimes implies that what is revealed must be gained by inference from acts, looks, or words <careful not to show his true feelings>. manifest implies a plainer, more immediate revelation <manifested musical ability at an early age>. evidence suggests serving as proof of the actuality or existence of something <a commitment evidenced by years of loyal service>. evince implies a showing by outward marks or signs <evinced not the slightest fear>. demonstrate implies showing by action or by display of feeling <demonstrated their approval by loud applause>.
EVIDENCE Defined for Kids


noun ev·i·dence \ˈe-və-dəns\

Definition of EVIDENCE for Kids

:  a sign which shows that something exists or is true :  indication <They found evidence of a robbery.>
:  material presented to a court to help find the truth about something
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