Definition of evidence in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈevədəns/


1The available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid: the study finds little evidence of overt discrimination
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  • This pattern is consistent within the whole body of evidence in the present study.
  • The evidence now questions whether the grounds on which we went to war were right.
  • Insufficient evidence is available to judge whether this relation is cause and effect.
1.1 Law Information given personally, drawn from a document, or in the form of material objects, tending or used to establish facts in a legal investigation or admissible as testimony in court: without evidence, they can’t bring a charge
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  • He is entitled by law to call evidence and to be represented by counsel at such a hearing.
  • For the Crown it is argued that this evidence was admissible but not as evidence of similar facts.
  • In the absence of such evidence we see no need for the Attorney General to lead evidence in rebuttal.
1.2Signs; indications: there was no obvious evidence of a break-in
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  • Subtle evidences are indications of the trend to suppress public display of Christianity in favor of other religions, paganism, or simply anti-Christian sentiment.
  • The end of the twentieth century also brought evidences of decline, marked by ephemera, bombastic spectacle, revivals from better times, and periodic infusions of life from Europe and England.
  • These evidences indicated that houseflies could be used as a model system, with the possible wider application of alleviating symptoms of aging in human subjects.


[with object] (usually be evidenced)
Be or show evidence of: that it has been populated from prehistoric times is evidenced by the remains of Neolithic buildings
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  • The author herself was visibly moved by the goodwill and support that was evidenced by the large crowd.
  • This was evidenced in the cohesive and selfless display against Rangers.
  • The question of player responsiveness to virtual game environments has long been a thorny one, with many contributions to the debate evidencing fears and anxieties about the perceived powers of (new games) technology.
testify to, confirm, prove, substantiate, endorse, bear out
formal evince



give evidence

Law Give information and answer questions formally and in person in court or at an inquiry.
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  • The third parties were not represented but they gave evidence in the Crown Court.
  • I presume she gave evidence in response to questions asked of her by the prosecutor.
  • They involve each claimant getting into the witness box and giving evidence as to what happened to them.

in evidence

Noticeable; conspicuous: his dramatic flair is still very much in evidence
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  • At the counter the man who had sold me Tokyo was no longer in evidence; no doubt he had been instantly promoted.
  • That desire was strongly in evidence in a Gaullist France even during the Cold War.
  • Its Victorian heritage is in evidence in the grand frontages that line the sea front and perch on the chalky cliffs.
noticeable, conspicuous, obvious, perceptible, visible, on view, on display, plain to see;
palpable, tangible, unmistakable, undisguised, prominent, striking, glaring
informal as plain as the nose on your face, sticking out like a sore thumb, staring someone in the face

turn state's (or British King's or Queen's) evidence

Law (Of a criminal) give information in court against one’s partners in order to receive a less severe punishment oneself.
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  • Two of his codefendants confessed to their parts in the robbery, and one codefendant turned state's evidence in return for a reduced sentence.
  • Some read it as a cautionary tale for anyone contemplating turning state's evidence in antitrust trials.
  • He is currently serving seven years after admitting his role and has told the court he would have received 28 years if he had not turned Queen's evidence.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin evidentia, from evident- 'obvious to the eye or mind' (see evident).

  • This came via Old French from Latin evidentia, from evident- meaning ‘obvious to the eye or mind’, from e- (a variant of ex-) ‘out’ and videre ‘to see’. This also gives us evident (Late Middle English).

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Syllabification: ev·i·dence

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