state's evidence

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  1. 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.

  2. evidence for the state, especially in criminal trials.

Origin of state's evidence

First recorded in 1790–1800

Words Nearby state's evidence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for state's evidence

state's evidence

noun(in the US)
  1. the evidence for the prosecution given on behalf of a state in a criminal prosecution

  2. 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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