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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 26, 2012
Historical Examples
  • And it is in conversation that you will ever give the chief proofs and evidences whether you do so or not.

    Conversation Andrew P. Peabody
  • On all sides were evidences of great activity and excitement.

    1914 John French, Viscount of Ypres
  • A store and evidences of a settlement meet the eye at a little distance.

    Voyage of the Paper Canoe Nathaniel H. Bishop
  • The home of Fantazius Mallare was filled with evidences of his past.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • It includes a careful perusal of Alfieri's writings and an examination into the evidences of the Christian religion.

  • evidences of his influence seemed to leer at him from window and hoarding.

  • These are some of the evidences of improvement among us during the last few years which require no comment.

    Toronto of Old Henry Scadding
  • Other evidences of the origin of the barrel-organ are not wanting.

  • Mr. Robarts himself was certain of it, and told himself that he knew it by evidences which his own education made clear to him.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset Anthony Trollope
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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