Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “evidence”

See all translations

evidence

noun [U] uk   /ˈev.ɪ.dəns/ us  
B2 one or more reasons for believing that something is or is not true: The police have found no evidence of a terrorist link with the murder. [+ to infinitive] There is no scientific evidence to suggest that underwater births are dangerous. [+ that] Is there any scientific evidence that a person's character is reflected in their handwriting? Several experts are to give evidence on the subject. There is only circumstantial evidence against her, so she is unlikely to be convicted. Campaigners now have compelling documentary evidence of the human rights abuses that they had been alleging for several years. Fresh evidence suggests that the statement had been fabricated. The traces of petrol found on his clothing provided the forensic evidence proving that he had started the fire deliberately. All the evidence points to a substantial rise in traffic over the next few years. There is growing/mounting/increasing evidence that people whose diets are rich in vitamins are less likely to develop some types of cancer.
More examples
evidenced
adjective uk   /-dənst/ mainly US us  
shown to be true: His desire to win an Olympic medal is evidenced by his performances throughout this season.
(Definition of evidence from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of evidence?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “evidence” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

ellipsis

a situation in which words are left out of a sentence but the sentence can still be understood

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More