evidence - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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  1. 1
    facts or physical signs that help to prove something
    evidence of:

    Doctors found no evidence of infection.

    evidence that:

    There is some evidence that the economy is improving.

    evidence for/in support of/in favour of:

    evidence for the existence of life on other planets

  2. 2
    facts, statements, or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime

    The police didn’t have enough evidence to convict him.

    They destroyed the evidence by flushing it down the toilet.

    hard evidence (=definite evidence):

    They are reluctant to prosecute without any hard evidence.

    1. a.
      things that witnesses say in a court of law when they answer questions

      In his evidence, he said that he had never met Mr Jones.

      give evidence:

      Kemp was never called to give evidence.