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[n] an indication that makes something evident; "his trembling was evidence of his fear"
[n] (law) all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved
[v] provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes; "His high fever attested to his illness"; "The buildings in Rome manifest a high level of architectural sophistication"; "This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness"
[v] give evidence; "he was telling on all his former colleague"
[v] provide evidence for; "The blood test showed that he was the father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"

Misc. Definitions

\Ev"i*dence\, n. [F. ['e]vidence, L. Evidentia. See {Evident}.]
1. That which makes evident or manifest; that which furnishes, or tends to furnish, proof; any mode of proof; the ground of belief or judgement; as, the evidence of our senses; evidence of the truth or falsehood of a statement. Faith is . . . the evidence of things not seen. --Heb. xi.
1. O glorious trial of exceeding love Illustrious evidence, example high. --Milton.
2. One who bears witness. [R.] ``Infamous and perjured evidences.'' --Sir W. Scott.
3. (Law) That which is legally submitted to competent tribunal, as a means of ascertaining the truth of any alleged matter of fact under investigation before it; means of making proof; -- the latter, strictly speaking, not being synonymous with evidence, but rather the effect of it. --Greenleaf. {Circumstantial evidence}, {Conclusive evidence}, etc. See under {Circumstantial}, {Conclusive}, etc. {Crown's, King's, or Queen's} {evidence}, evidence for the crown. [Eng.] {State's evidence}, evidence for the government or the people. [U. S. ] {To turn} {King's, Queen's or State's} {evidence}, to confess a crime and give evidence against one's accomplices. Syn: Testimony; proof. See {Tesimony}.
\Ev"i*dence\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Evidenced}; p, pr. & vb. n. {Evidencing}.] To render evident or clear; to prove; to evince; as, to evidence a fact, or the guilt of an offender. --Milton.

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