evidence[ev′ə dəns, -dens′]
- Evidence is defined as something that gives proof or leads to a conclusion.
- The suspect's blood at the scene of a crime is an example of evidence.
- The footprints in the house are an example of evidence that someone came inside.
- The definition of evidence is to show proof.
An example of evidence is to present research to prove the benefits of a new drug.
These footprints are evidence that someone has walked here.
- Archaic the condition of being evident
- something that makes another thing evident; indication; sign
- something that tends to prove; ground for belief
- Law something presented in a legal proceeding, as a statement of a witness, an object, etc., which bears on or establishes a point in question
Origin of evidenceMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin evidentia ; from evidens, clear, evident ; from e-, from + videns, present participle of videre, to see: see wise
- a. A thing or set of things helpful in forming a conclusion or judgment: The broken window was evidence that a burglary had taken place. Scientists weighed the evidence for and against the hypothesis.b. Something indicative; an indication or set of indications: saw no evidence of grief on the mourner's face.
- Law a. The means by which an allegation may be proven, such as oral testimony, documents, or physical objects.b. The set of legal rules determining what testimony, documents, and objects may be admitted as proof in a trial.
transitive verbev·i·denced, ev·i·denc·ing, ev·i·denc·es
Origin of evidenceMiddle English, from Old French, from Late Latin ēvidentia, from Latin ēvidēns, ēvident-, obvious; see evident.
(usually uncountable, plural evidences)
(third-person singular simple present evidences, present participle evidencing, simple past and past participle evidenced)
- To provide evidence for, or suggest the truth of.
- She was furious, as evidenced by her slamming the door.
evidence - Legal Definition