Share this entry
negative evidence Line breaks: nega|tive evi|dence

Definition of negative evidence in English:


[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.
Definition of negative evidence in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources