evidence
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈɛvɪdəns/, /ˈɛvədəns/
  • (America) IPA: [ˈɛvəɾəns]
Noun

evidence (uncountable)

  1. Facts or observations presented in support of an assertion.
    • 1748, David Hume, ''An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
      In our reasonings concerning matter of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence. A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.
    There is no evidence that anyone was here earlier.
    We have enough cold hard evidence in that presentation which will make a world of pain for our parasitic friends at Antarctica.
  2. (legal) Anything admitted by a court to prove or disprove alleged matters of fact in a trial.
  3. One who bears witness.
    • 1822, [Walter Scott], Peveril of the Peak. [...] In Four Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co., OCLC 2392685 ↗:
    • 1820, Charles Maturin, Melmoth the Wanderer, volume 1, page 53:
      He recapitulated the Sybil’s story word by word, with the air of a man who is cross-examining an evidence, and trying to make him contradict himself.
  4. A body of objectively verifiable facts that are positively indicative of, and/or exclusively concordant with, that one conclusion over any other.
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evidence (evidences, present participle evidencing; past and past participle evidenced)

  1. (transitive) To provide evidence for, or suggest the truth of.
    She was furious, as evidenced by her slamming the door.
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