Meaning of “evidence” in the English Dictionary

"evidence" in British English

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evidencenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈev.ɪ.dəns/ us /ˈev.ə.dəns/

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.
[ + 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

  • The jury heard conflicting evidence from three different witnesses.
  • For a long time it was thought to be a harmless substance, but we now have evidence to the contrary.
  • She was charged with giving false evidence in court.
  • There is abundant evidence that cars have a harmful effect on the environment.
  • The police believe he is the thief, but all the evidence suggests otherwise .
adjective uk /ˈev.ɪ.dənst/ us /ˈev.ə.dənst/ mainly 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"evidence" in American English

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evidencenoun [ U ]

us /ˈev·ɪ·dəns/

anything that helps to prove that something is or is not true:

These figures are being given as evidence of economic growth.
The FBI has found no evidence of a crime.
The weight of the evidence is against him.
Juries examine the evidence and decide on the basis of the facts.

(Definition of “evidence” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"evidence" in Business English

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evidencenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈevɪdəns/ us LAW

objects, documents, official statements, etc. that are used to prove something is true or not true, especially for legal or insurance purposes:

evidence of/for sth Despite the claims, his insurance adjuster found no evidence of flood damage to his property.
evidence against sb The defendant was released after the prosecutor failed to produce enough evidence against him.
evidence that sth Is there any evidence that the employer has difficulty retaining staff?
give/provide/present evidence Contractors must provide evidence of valid permits before they may begin any work.
consider/examine/hear the evidence A jury has heard all the evidence in this case and rendered its decision.
false/circumstantial/conflicting evidence
admit/allow/accept evidence

(Definition of “evidence” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)