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[ev-i-duh ns] /ˈɛv ɪ dəns/
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.
verb (used with object), evidenced, evidencing.
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
1250-1300; Middle English (noun) < Middle French < Latin ēvidentia. See evident, -ence
Related forms
counterevidence, noun
preevidence, noun
reevidence, verb (used with object), reevidenced, reevidencing.
superevidence, noun
unevidenced, adjective
well-evidenced, adjective
3. information, deposition, affidavit. 4. demonstrate.
Synonym Study
3.Evidence, exhibit, testimony, proof refer to information furnished in a legal investigation to support a contention. Evidence is any information so given, whether furnished by witnesses or derived from documents or from any other source: Hearsay evidence is not admitted in a trial. An exhibit in law is a document or article that is presented in court as evidence: The signed contract is Exhibit A. Testimony is usually evidence given by witnesses under oath: The jury listened carefully to the testimony. Proof is evidence that is so complete and convincing as to put a conclusion beyond reasonable doubt: proof of the innocence of the accused. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for evidences
Contemporary Examples
  • Yet there are also signs of hope, evidences of intellectual openness and readiness for problem-solving.

    Signs of Hope Ryan Prior February 27, 2012
Historical Examples
  • evidences of heavy rainfall at certain times to be seen everywhere.

  • 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 Scian Dubh
  • It was no longer possible to mistake the evidences of affection.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • But he was not to let her see the evidences of his agitation, lest she be frightened.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • The evidences is good, like good men, notwithstanding the evil.

    Slavery Ordained of God Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
  • I directed Stanton's attention to evidences from military history.

  • There is not any reasoning by which the evidences of depravity are to be traced in 17.

  • No inspired man ever asks this question or condescends to these evidences.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for evidences


ground for belief or disbelief; data on which to base proof or to establish truth or falsehood
a mark or sign that makes evident; indication: his 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, etc See also circumstantial evidence, direct evidence
turn queen's evidence, turn king's evidence, 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; conspicuous: her new ring was in evidence
verb (transitive)
to make evident; show clearly
to give proof of or evidence for
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with evidences
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