noun \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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In law, something (e.g., testimony, documents, or physical objects) presented at a judicial or administrative proceeding for the purpose of establishing the truth or falsity of an allegation of fact. To preserve legal due process and to prevent the jury from being misled, an extensive body of rules has sprung up regarding the handling of evidence. In the U.S., all federal and many state courts adhere to the Federal Rules of Evidence, which covers such elements as types of evidence, admissibility, relevance, competency of witnesses, confessions and admissions, expert testimony, and authentication. Most evidence received at trial is in the form of verbal statements of witnesses, who are subject to questioning by attorneys from both sides. Two important categories of evidence are direct evidence, which is offered by a witness whose knowledge of a factual matter is firsthand (as through sight or hearing), and circumstantial evidence. See also exclusionary rule.


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