Definition of negative evidence in English:

negative evidence

Line breaks: nega|tive evi|dence


[mass noun]
  • Evidence for a theory provided by the non-occurrence or absence of something.
    More example sentences
    • Recent studies examining the effects of explicit positive evidence and/or negative evidence in formal learning provide an important test of the theory.
    • But many other major positive categories have been ignored, and when what purports to be a weighing of evidence only takes into account negative evidence, the result is foam.
    • Hypotheses built upon negative evidence, in this case the absence of the volcanic ash, both in the coal or in any surrounding areas, carry a considerable burden of proof.

More definitions of negative evidence

Definition of negative evidence in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
a small amount; a little