evidence noun

ADJ. abundant, ample, considerable, extensive, plentiful, substantial, widespread | growing | clear, compelling, conclusive, convincing, decisive, good, hard, incontrovertible, irrefutable, overwhelming, persuasive, positive, powerful, solid, striking, strong, unambiguous, unequivocal | adequate | flimsy, inadequate, insufficient, scant | concrete, direct, firm, first-hand, objective, tangible The figures provide concrete evidence of the bank's claim to provide the best service. | indirect | available, current, present Available evidence points to pilot error as the cause of the crash. | fresh, further, more, new | crucial, important, valuable, vital The defence accused the prosecution of withholding crucial evidence. | corroborative They convicted the wrong man on the basis of a signed confession with no corroborative evidence. | conflicting Another team of scientists has come up with conflicting evidence. | damning The scandal is damning evidence of the government's contempt for democracy. | anecdotal, archaeological, circumstantial, documentary, empirical, experimental, factual, forensic, formal, historical, material, medical, photographic, scientific, statistical, video, visible, visual There was a mass of circumstantial evidence linking Watson to the murder. | false She admitted giving false evidence to the court.

QUANT. piece | body, mass A body of evidence emerged suggesting that smoking tobacco caused serious diseases.

VERB + EVIDENCE have We do not have the evidence to prove these claims. | look for, search for | accumulate, collect, come up with, find, gather, obtain, produce Scientists have found fresh evidence to suggest that a huge explosion led to the death of the dinosaurs. | offer (sb), provide (sb with), show (sb) The tapes provided evidence of her intentions. | give, present (sb with) She was hoping she would not have to give evidence in court. | see He says he's been working hard, but I haven't seen any evidence of it. | consider, examine, study | review | cite (sth as) The team cited evidence from a recent earthquake to back up their idea. The rise in crime is often cited as evidence of a general breakdown of authority. | use sth in The police officer took a statement which was later used in evidence. | hear We must wait to hear his evidence before we make any judgement. | admit, allow The judge can decide whether to admit or exclude evidence. | exclude

EVIDENCE + VERB exist | come to light, emerge | accumulate, grow Evidence is accumulating that a defective gene may be responsible for this disease. | confirm sth, demonstrate sth, establish sth, point to sth, show sth, suggest sth, support sth The evidence pointed to the existence of an international smuggling network. | be based on sth, be derived from sth, come from sth evidence of growing poverty based on extensive surveys | implicate sb/sth, link sb/sth evidence linking her to the crime

PREP. as ~ He cited Australia's sporting success as evidence for his theory. | in ~ A photo of the victim's injuries was produced in evidence. | on … ~ On present evidence the team will be lucky to make the final. | on the ~ of On the evidence of his latest exhibition, Miller is an artist who is past his best. | ~ about, ~ concerning, ~ regarding, ~ relating to The team have been collecting evidence about war crimes. | ~ against The woman went to court to give evidence against her attacker. | ~ for What evidence do you have for that claim? | ~ of Archaeologists found evidence of a rich and varied culture at the settlement. | ~ on The first chapter reviews the evidence on how children learn language.

PHRASES in the face/teeth of evidence The company denies, in the face of overwhelming evidence, that smoking causes cancer. | in the light of evidence In the light of new evidence, a new enquiry into the crash is likely to take place. | lack of evidence The kidnapping charge was dropped because of lack of evidence. | not a scrap/shred of evidence He made the accusations without a shred of evidence to back them up.

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