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Usage statistics for the noun evidence:

spoken English26.2%written English73.8% conversational speech9.15%task-oriented speech90.85% imaginative writing19.94%informational writing80.06%
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Evidence is a member of the word family evident, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun evidence

What does evidence mean as a name of something?

Evidence is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: evidences

  1. your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief
    • example: the evidence that smoking causes lung cancer is very compelling
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of evidence: grounds
    • more generic word: information = knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction
    • more specific terms:
      • probable cause = evidence sufficient to warrant an arrest or search and seizure
      • cogent evidence / proof = any factual evidence that helps to establish the truth of something
      • falsification / refutation / disproof = any evidence that helps to establish the falsity of something
      • track / trail / lead = evidence pointing to a possible solution
      • symptom = any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
      • sign = any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease
  2. an indication that makes something evident
    • example: his trembling was evidence of his fear
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: indicant / indication = something that serves to indicate or suggest
    • more specific terms:
  3. (law) all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved

Alternative definition of the noun evidence


  1. Facts or observations presented in support of an assertion.
  2. [legal] Anything admitted by a court to prove or disprove alleged matters of fact in a trial.

Definition of the verb evidence

What does evidence mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: evidenced | evidencing | evidences

  1. provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes
  2. provide evidence for
  3. give evidence
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of evidence: tell
    • more generic word: inform = act as an informer

Alternative definition of the verb evidence


  1. [transitive] To provide evidence for, or suggest the truth of.


Who is Evidence?

Evidence: Michael Taylor Perretta, better known as Evidence, is an American MC, producer, and member of the rap group Dilated Peoples. Before becoming a rapper and producer, Evidence was a graffiti artist.


  1. Evidence a.k.a. Évidence is a musical group.
    • albums: "Musique de Thelonious Monk", "Heart's Grave"
  2. Evidence is a musical group.
    • album: "Spiral"

There are other groups with in their name, like Evidence One, Next Evidence, Seventh Evidence, Evidence Argentina.


Evidence is a record label.


"Evidence" is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. It was first published in the September 1946 issue of Astounding Science Fiction and reprinted in the collections I, Robot, The Complete Robot, and Robot Visions.

  • language: English Language
  • released in (69 years ago)


  1. "Evidence" is a 2013 crime thriller film directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi and starring Radha Mitchell, Nolan Gerard Funk, Stephen Moyer, and Harry Lennix.
  2. "Evidence" is a 2012 American found footage horror film directed and edited by Howie Askins and produced and written by Ryan McCoy, who also stars in the movie. The film also stars Brett Rosenberg, Abigail Richie, and Ashley Bracken.
  3. "Evidence" is a 2013 Telly Award winning film, created by Outside da Box.
    • country: United States of America
    • released in (4 years ago)
    • award: - Telly Award for TV Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces Film/Video - Religious/Spiritual, received by Outside da Box
  4. "Evidence" is a 1929 sound horror/mystery film produced and distributed by the Warner Brothers. It is based on the 1914 Broadway play Evidence by J. duRocher MacPherson and L. duRocher MacPherson. This early talkie was directed by John G. Adolfi and starred Pauline Frederick and Lowell Sherman. While this film is lost, its soundtrack, recorded by the Vitaphone process, survives.
  5. "Evidence" is a 1915 silent film drama directed by and starring early film actor Edwin August and released by the World Film Company.
    • country: United States of America
    • language: English Language
    • genres: Silent film, Drama
    • released on (100 years ago)
  6. "Evidence" is a Malayalam-language Indian feature film released in 1988 directed by actor Raghavan, starring Shankar in lead role.
    • country: India
    • genres: Malayalam Cinema, World cinema, South Asian cinema


  1. "Evidence" is a song by Faith No More, released as the third and final single from their fifth studio album, King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime. Like the other releases from the album, it failed to chart in the US; however, the song had moderate success in the UK and Australia. The song is heavily jazz-influenced and vocals were also recorded in Italian, Portuguese and Spanish—the latter of which was included on the album as a bonus track. In concerts, singer Mike Patton typically performs the lyrics according to the country in which the show is taking place.
  2. "Evidence" is the fifth studio album by South African rock band Prime Circle. It was released November 12, 2012. The album was licensed through EMI Music South Africa for that country. Internationally other specialised labels were selected to distribute the album. It is the follow up to the album Jekyll & Hyde. The album was recorded in Cape Town, South Africa between the months of February and June, 2012. Evidence was officially announced in June, 2012 via the band's official Facebook page and website.
    • genre: Alternative rock
    • released on
    • award:
      • South African Music Award for Best Producer (by Prime Circle) nomination for Theo Crous
      • South African Music Award for Best Rock Album nomination for Prime Circle
  3. "Evidence" is the fourth album by Steve Lacy and was released on the New Jazz label in 1962. It features performances of four tunes written by Thelonious Monk and two from Duke Ellington by Lacy, Don Cherry, Carl Brown and Billy Higgins.
    • genre: Jazz
    • released in (54 years ago)
  4. "Evidence" is the sixteenth album produced by Australian hard rock band The Angels, which was released in 1994.
  5. "Evidence" is a composition.
  6. "Evidence" is an album by jazz pianist Mal Waldron recorded in Canadea and released on the Canadian Dark Light Music label.
    • genre: Jazz
    • released in (28 years ago)
  7. "Evidence" is a 1995 single album by Faith No More.
    • also known as Evidence (Blue), Evidence (Black)
    • released on (20 years ago)
  8. "Evidence" is the second album from US trip hop and electronica group Karmacoda, released in 2003. Many of the songs on the album have been featured in television and film soundtracks. The song Front of My Room was a 2005 International Song Writing Contest finalist. The songs Front of My Room and Where You Sleep were 2004 Independent Music Awards song finalists.
  9. "Evidence" is a musical album of Atli Örvarsson.
    • released on


  1. Evidence in policy debate consists mainly of two parts. The cite contains all relevant citation information. Although every card should contain a complete citation, only the author's name and date of publication are typically spoken aloud in a speech. Some teams will also read the author's qualifications if they wish to emphasize this information. The body is a fragment of the author's original text. The length of a body can vary greatly—cards can be as short as a few sentences and as long as two or more pages. Most cards are between one and five paragraphs in length. The body of a card is often underlined or highlighted in order to eliminate unnecessary or redundant sentences when the card is read in a round. In a round, the tag is read first, followed by the cite and the body.
  2. Evidence is a canonical version, musical recording.

Phrases with Evidence

Phrase starting with the word Evidence:

  1. Evidence-based medicine

Phrases ending with the word Evidence:

  1. in evidence
  2. to evidence
  3. Self-evidence
  4. cogent evidence
  5. direct evidence
  6. hearsay evidence
  7. rule of evidence
  8. state's evidence
  9. indirect evidence
  10. state's evidence
  11. Anecdotal evidence
  12. footprint evidence
  13. Demurrer to Evidence
  14. corroborating evidence
  15. circumstantial evidence
  16. After-Discovered Evidence
  17. Clear and Convincing Evidence

Other phrases containing the word Evidence:

  1. best evidence rule
  2. parol evidence rule

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Evidence

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Google previewResearch Methods in English (2004)

by M.P. Sinha

The first bibliographical evidence is the author's handwriting. We generally...

The second evidence is the ink used or the substitute for ink. It is a well...

Google previewWiley CIAexcel Exam Review 2015, Part 2 (2015)

Internal Audit Practice by S. Rao Vallabhaneni

Secondary evidence is any evidence offered to prove the writing other than the writing itself and is a part of the best...

Google previewInterface (2011)

A Guide for Professionals Supporting the Criminal Justice System by Paul R. Laska

Direct evidence refers to evidence which straightforwardly proves the existence of a fact [2].

Google previewTeaching in Nursing (2013)

A Guide for Faculty by Diane M. Billings, Judith A. Halstead

Content-related evidence refers to the extent to which the instrument is representative of the larger domain of the behavior being...

Concurrent evidence is the correlation of one score with another measure that occurs at the same time. ... Construct-related evidence is a relationship of one measure (e.g., examination) ...

Google previewEvidence-based Practice in Education (2015)

Functions of Evidence and Causal Presuppositions by Tone Kvernbekk

constitutes evidence is the question of what kinds of stuff can enter into such evidential relations.

Evidence is a servant; it provides us with good reason to believe that the claim is true.

Evidence is an epistemological concept and it is important in everyday reasoning because of the function it performs, even though we ...

Google previewThe cyclopedic dictionary of law (1901)

by Walter A. Shumaker, George Foster Longsdorf

Indirect evidence is that which is applied to the principal fact indirectly by the proof of circumstances from which the principal fact is inferred.

Google previewLegal Argumentation and Evidence (2010)

by Douglas Walton

PATTERSON S CRITERION Patterson gives a precise logical criterion to determine the "functional difference" between direct and circumstantial evidence: "Direct evidence is a proposition which is consistent only with either the proposed ...

Google previewRole Playing in Psychotherapy (2010)

by Raymond J. Corsini

should be institutionalized, and so forth, the objective evidence is that interviews are both relatively unreliable and invalid. The reasons for this are evident. Most people are highly skilled at creating favorable impressions in ...

Google previewEvidentialism and Epistemic Justification (2014)

by Kevin McCain

Gathering and evaluating evidence is an essential feature of our intellectual lives. ... Even Hume's staunch critic, Thomas Reid, agreed: “To believe without evidence is a weakness which every man is concerned to avoid, and which every man ...

Google previewThe Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle (1811)

The evidence is a repetition of the information, with this exception, that it substitutes ...

Google previewThe Central Law Journal (1884)

Evidence is that which produces conviction on the mind as to the existence of a fact. An ocular examination of the premises alleged to have been injured might have that effect, as well as an oral detail of circumstances.” This case holds in effect ...

Google previewThe Philosophy of Edmund Husserl (2012)

by Dorion Cairns

Evidence is the self-givenness of the object as intended. The object of indirect consciousness(e.g., a depicted object as depicted) is not self-given, and accordingly such an act lacks evidence. Among acts of direct consciousness, we find ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Epidemiology (2014)

by Miquel Porta

II1: Evidence from welldesigned controlled trials without RANDOM ALLOCATION. II2: Evidence from welldesigned cohort or casecontrol analytic studies, preferably from more than one center or research group. II3: Evidence obtained from ...

Google previewLongman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (2013)

by Jack C. Richards, Richard W. Schmidt

Positive evidenceis evidence that something is possible inthe language being learned. For example, ifa learner of Spanish encounters sentences thathave no subject, thisserves as positive evidence that subjectsdo not (always) have tobe ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

evidencebased dentistry A system of practice that integrates clinically relevant scientific evidence, clinical experience, and the patient's treatment needs and preference, taking into account the patient's oral and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science (1999)

Volume 64 - Supplement 27 - Access Versus Ownership to Word Formation in Language and Computation by Allen Kent

EVIDENCE: A. MODEL. FOR. ARCHIVAL. COLLECTION. DEVELOPMENT. By conservative estimates, the twentieth century has witnessed more than 170 million murdered by state action, excluding soldiers killed in war ( 7).

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of High-tech Crime and Crime-fighting (2003)

by Michael Newton

DNA Evidence contact with special X-ray film. The final DNA photograph displays dark bands at each point where the DNA probe has bound itself to the suspect sample. Mathematics finally determines identity when DNA strands are compared ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine: An IOC Medical Commission Publication, Genetic and Molecular Aspects of Sports Performance (2011)

by Claude Bouchard, Eric P. Hoffman

EVIDENCE. FROM. FAMILY. STUDIES. LOUIS PERUSSE Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Division of Kinesiology, Laval University, Quebec, QC, Canada This chapter presents a review of the contribution of genetic factors for ...

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Usage statistics about evidence

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun evidence:

spoken English26.2%written English73.8% conversational speech9.15%task-oriented speech90.85% imaginative writing19.94%informational writing80.06%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb evidence:


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Quotes about Evidence

It is almost impossible to exaggerate the proneness of the human mind to take miracles as evidence, and to seek for miracles as evidence. (Matthew Arnold)
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Scrabble value of E1V4I1D2E1N1C3E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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