in evidence


  1. that which tends to prove or disprove something; ground for belief; proof.
  2. something that makes plain or clear; an indication or sign: His flushed look was visible evidence of his fever.
  3. Law. data presented to a court or jury in proof of the facts in issue and which may include the testimony of witnesses, records, documents, or objects.

verb (used with object), ev·i·denced, ev·i·denc·ing.

  1. to make evident or clear; show clearly; manifest: He evidenced his approval by promising his full support.
  2. to support by evidence: He evidenced his accusation with incriminating letters.

  1. in evidence, plainly visible; conspicuous: The first signs of spring are in evidence.


  1. ground for belief or disbelief; data on which to base proof or to establish truth or falsehood
  2. a mark or sign that makes evident; indicationhis pallor was evidence of ill health
  3. law matter produced before a court of law in an attempt to prove or disprove a point in issue, such as the statements of witnesses, documents, material objects, etcSee also circumstantial evidence, direct evidence
  4. turn queen’s evidence, turn king’s evidence or turn state’s evidence (of an accomplice) to act as witness for the prosecution and testify against those associated with him in crime
  5. in evidence on display; apparent; conspicuousher new ring was in evidence

verb (tr)

  1. to make evident; show clearly
  2. to give proof of or evidence for

c.1300, “appearance from which inferences may be drawn,” from Old French evidence, from Late Latin evidentia “proof,” originally “distinction, clearness,” from Latin evidentem (see evident).

Meaning “ground for belief” is from late 14c., that of “obviousness” is 1660s. Legal senses are from c.1500, when it began to oust witness. As a verb, from c.1600. Related: Evidenced; evidencing.


Also, much in evidence. Plainly visible, conspicuous, as in The car’s new dents were very much in evidence. [Second half of 1800s]


As testimony in a court of law, as in The attorney submitted the photograph in evidence. [c. 1700]

see in evidence; much in evidence.

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