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[ ev-i-duhns ]


  1. that which tends to prove or disprove something; ground for belief; proof.
  2. something that makes plain or clear; an indication or sign:

    His flushed look was visible evidence of his fever.

  3. 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.

    Synonyms: affidavit, deposition, information

verb (used with object)

, ev·i·denced, ev·i·denc·ing.
  1. to make evident or clear; show clearly; manifest:

    He evidenced his approval by promising his full support.

    Synonyms: demonstrate

  2. to support by evidence:

    He evidenced his accusation with incriminating letters.


/ ˈɛvɪdəns /


  1. ground for belief or disbelief; data on which to base proof or to establish truth or falsehood
  2. a mark or sign that makes evident; indication

    his pallor was evidence of ill health

  3. 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
  4. turn queen's evidence or 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
  5. in evidence
    on display; apparent; conspicuous

    her new ring was in evidence


  1. to make evident; show clearly
  2. to give proof of or evidence for

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Other Words From

  • counter·evi·dence noun
  • pre·evi·dence noun
  • re·evi·dence verb (used with object) reevidenced reevidencing
  • super·evi·dence noun
  • un·evi·denced adjective
  • well-evi·denced adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of evidence1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English noun from Middle French, from Latin ēvidentia; evident, -ence

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. in evidence, plainly visible; conspicuous:

    The first signs of spring are in evidence.

More idioms and phrases containing evidence

see in evidence ; much in evidence .

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Synonym Study

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.

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Example Sentences

Marx could only find evidence of five tickets since December – so far.

Ground surveys at Waun Mawn in 2011 failed to find evidence of a stone circle.

Since Gloria’s announcement in December, Voice of San Diego could only find evidence of five new tickets.

Umansky and research fellow Simon showed that the NYPD frequently withholds evidence from civilian investigations into police abuse.

She’s been disappointed by some friends’ lack of effort to connect during the pandemic,and wrecked by photographic evidence that other friends have gotten together without inviting her.

But sources said that the evidence so far is pointing away from an ISIS connection.

And the fact that satire unnerves the intolerant is evidence of its positive power.

Is it sort of evidence of the Gladwellian 10,000 hours theory?

Evidence is piling up that as men do more of the caregiving, violence against women falls.

The third problem is the evidence of corroborating witnesses.

Many British Ferns evidence a marked tendency to “sport,” and this is a fact which the beginner should always bear in mind.

It is a very common error to consider these deposits as evidence of excessive excretion.

It was a tremendous training in the sifting of evidence and the examination of appearances.

While this reaction lasted he laughed away the evidence, and honestly believed he was exaggerating trifles.

And this fact seemed pregnant with evidence as to Gordon's state of mind; it did not appear to simplify the situation.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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