- 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.]
- One who bears witness.(R)"Infamous and perjured evidences." [Sir W. Scott.]
- [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.synonyms: Testimony; proof. See Testimony.
Etymology: F. évidence, L. Evidentia. See Evident