American English

Definition of evidence noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 [uncountable, countable] the facts, signs, or objects that make you believe that something is true evidence (of something) There is convincing evidence of a link between exposure to sun and skin cancer. The room bore evidence of a struggle. evidence (for something) We found further scientific evidence for this theory. evidence (that…) There is not a shred of evidence that the meeting actually took place. evidence (to suggest, show, etc.) Do you have any evidence to support this allegation? (technology) The cave contained evidences of prehistoric settlement. AWL Collocationsevidentevident adjectiveappear, seem become remainSeveral trends become evident from the results.clearly, plainly especially, particularly increasinglyA regional pattern is clearly evident in the data.evidence nounanecdotal circumstantial empirical, experimental scientific theoretical compelling, convincingThere is extensive theoretical and empirical evidence. This experimental evidence is based on clinical observations of patients.based onThese observations are based on the evidence provided by numerous surveys.find, gather present, provideEvidence was gathered from a number of sources. In this paper, I have provided evidence for two major assumptions of the theory.indicate, suggest back, support justify, prove, substantiateEmpirical evidence suggests that being married and being employed are frequently associated with better health.body of ~As the body of scientific evidence grows, the speed of climatic change is proving greater than predicted.
  2. 2[uncountable] the information that is used in court to try to prove something I was asked to give evidence (= to say what I knew, describe what I had seen, etc.) at the trial. He was released when the judge ruled there was no evidence against him. see also circumstantial, state's evidence, justice
  3. Language Bankevidencegiving proof New evidence has been found that/Studies have shown that TV advertising influences what children buy. It is clear from numerous studies that TV advertising influences what children buy. Recent research demonstrates that TV advertising influences children's spending habits. Many parents think that TV advertising influences their children. This view is supported by the findings of a recent study, which show a clear link between television advertisements and children's spending habits. The findings also reveal that most children are unaware of the persuasive purpose of advertising. Little evidence has been found that children understand the persuasive intent of advertising. The results contradict claims that advertising is unrelated to children's spending habits. Manufacturers argue that it is difficult to prove that advertising alone influences what children buy.Idioms
    (be) in evidence
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    present and clearly seen The police were much in evidence at today's demonstration.
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