- 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.
evidence definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin evidentia ; from evidens, clear, evident ; from e-, from plush videns, present participle of videre, to see: see wise
evidence definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A thing or things helpful in forming a conclusion or judgment: The broken window was evidence that a burglary had taken place. Scientists weigh the evidence for and against a hypothesis.
- Something indicative; an outward sign: evidence of grief on a mourner's face.
- Law The documentary or oral statements and the material objects admissible as testimony in a court of law.
- To indicate clearly; exemplify or prove.
- To support by testimony; attest.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin ēvidentia, from Latin ēvidēns, ēvident-, obvious; see evident.
evidence - Legal Definition
evidence - Phrases/Idioms
- Plainly visible; to be seen: It was early, and few pedestrians were in evidence on the city streets. Law
- As legal evidence: submitted the photograph in evidence.