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negative evidence

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Definition of negative evidence in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Evidence for a theory provided by the non-occurrence or absence of something.
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.

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