- that which tends to prove or disprove something; ground for belief; proof.
- something that makes plain or clear; an indication or sign: His flushed look was visible evidence of his fever.
- Law. data presented to a court or jury in proof of the facts in issue and which may include the testimony of witnesses, records, documents, or objects.
- to make evident or clear; show clearly; manifest: He evidenced his approval by promising his full support.
- to support by evidence: He evidenced his accusation with incriminating letters.
- in evidence, plainly visible; conspicuous: The first signs of spring are in evidence.
Origin of evidence
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Examples from the Web for evidences
Yet there are also signs of hope, evidences of intellectual openness and readiness for problem-solving.Signs of Hope
February 27, 2012
Evidences of heavy rainfall at certain times to be seen everywhere.Explorations in Australia
That and a slight paleness of the nostrils were the only evidences of his condition.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
This fact is sustained by evidences teeming upon us from every point of the compass.Ridgeway
It was no longer possible to mistake the evidences of affection.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
But he was not to let her see the evidences of his agitation, lest she be frightened.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
- ground for belief or disbelief; data on which to base proof or to establish truth or falsehood
- a mark or sign that makes evident; indicationhis pallor was evidence of ill health
- law matter produced before a court of law in an attempt to prove or disprove a point in issue, such as the statements of witnesses, documents, material objects, etcSee also circumstantial evidence, direct evidence
- turn queen's evidence, turn king's evidence or turn state's evidence (of an accomplice) to act as witness for the prosecution and testify against those associated with him in crime
- in evidence on display; apparent; conspicuousher new ring was in evidence
- to make evident; show clearly
- to give proof of or evidence for
Word Origin and History for evidences
c.1300, "appearance from which inferences may be drawn," from Old French evidence, from Late Latin evidentia "proof," originally "distinction, clearness," from Latin evidentem (see evident).
Meaning "ground for belief" is from late 14c., that of "obviousness" is 1660s. Legal senses are from c.1500, when it began to oust witness. As a verb, from c.1600. Related: Evidenced; evidencing.