evidence given by an accomplice in a crime who becomes a voluntary witness against the other defendants: The defendants' case was lost when one of them turned state's evidence.
evidence for the state, especially in criminal trials.
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Origin of state's evidence
First recorded in 1790–1800
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British Dictionary definitions for state's evidence
noun (in the US)
the evidence for the prosecution given on behalf of a state in a criminal prosecution
evidence given for the state by an accomplice against his former associates in crime (esp in the phrase turn state's evidence)Brit equivalent: king's evidence, queen's evidence
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