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evidence Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief
    • the evidence that smoking causes lung cancer is very compelling
  2. noun an indication that makes something evident
    • his trembling was evidence of his fear
  3. noun (law) all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved
  4. verb provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes
    attest; certify; demonstrate; manifest.
    • His high fever attested to his illness
    • The buildings in Rome manifest a high level of architectural sophistication
    • This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness
  5. verb provide evidence for
    show; testify; bear witness; prove.
    • The blood test showed that he was the father
    • Her behavior testified to her incompetence
  6. verb give evidence
    • he was telling on all his former colleague

Ev"i*dence noun
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. Syn. -- Testimony; proof. See Tesimony.
Ev"i*dence transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Evidenced ; present participle & verbal noun Evidencing
  1. To render evident or clear; to prove; to evince; as, to evidence a fact, or the guilt of an offender. Milton.
  1. to confess a crime and give evidence against one's accomplices.

Webster 1913