clear and convincing

adjective
clear and con·​vinc·​ing

Legal Definition of clear and convincing

: conforming to or being the standard of proof required for some civil cases or motions in which the party bearing the burden of proof must show that the truth of the allegations is highly probable clear and convincing proof — compare reasonable doubt, preponderance of the evidence

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“Clear and convincing.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/clear%20and%20convincing. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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