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Ev"i*dence (?), n. [F. évidence, 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 Milton.
Illustrious evidence, example high.
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 evidence, King's evidence, or Queen's evidence, evidence for the crown, in English courts; equivalent to state's evidence in American courts. [Eng.] -- State's evidence, evidence for the government or the people. [U. S. ] -- To turn King's evidence To turn Queen's evidence, or To turn State's evidence, to confess a crime and give evidence against one's accomplices.
Syn. -- Testimony; proof. See Testimony.
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.