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direct evidence

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(Law) law evidence, usually the testimony of a witness, directly relating to the fact in dispute. Compare circumstantial evidence
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Noun1.direct evidence - evidence (usually the testimony of a witness) directly related to the fact in dispute
evidence - (law) all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
circumstantial evidence, indirect evidence - evidence providing only a basis for inference about the fact in dispute
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He gave full, satisfactory, and direct evidence on every point; and the prince's name was, thanks to this, not brought into the proceedings.
Without any direct evidence, I have come to the conclusion that Captain Granet is a mysterious person and needs watching.
That the money came from Bulstrode would infallibly have been guessed even if there had been no direct evidence of it; for it had beforehand entered into the gossip about Lydgate's affairs, that neither his father-in-law nor his own family would do anything for him, and direct evidence was furnished not only by a clerk at the Bank, but by innocent Mrs.
This latter alternative seems to me the most probable, and I am inclined to believe in its truth, although it rests on no direct evidence. I believe, for instance, that our dogs have descended from several wild stocks; yet, with perhaps the exception of certain indigenous domestic dogs of South America, all are quite fertile together; and analogy makes me greatly doubt, whether the several aboriginal species would at first have freely bred together and have produced quite fertile hybrids.
There were many such whispers as these in circulation; but the truth appears to be that, after the lapse of some five years (during which there is no direct evidence of her having been seen at all), two wretched people were more than once observed to crawl at dusk from the inmost recesses of St Giles's, and to take their way along the streets, with shuffling steps and cowering shivering forms, looking into the roads and kennels as they went in search of refuse food or disregarded offal.
It may be asked, whether I can offer any direct evidence of the subsidence of barrier-reefs or atolls; but it must be borne in mind how difficult it must ever be to detect a movement, the tendency of which is to hide under water the part affected.
Nobody in the world ever doubted who did the things; but not a scrap of any direct evidence could be found to establish the suppositions, and Miss Ophelia was too just to feel at liberty to proceed to any length without it.
As for direct evidence, it is difficult to get eyewitness in all cases, so our police depend on the confession got after third-degree torture and submit the challan in court.
'After a careful examination and evaluation of the Prosecution's evidence, and taking into account the Prosecution's own admission that it had no direct evidence available for the proper prosecution of the charge against accused Binay, the Court finds the evidence against accused Binay insufficient to support a finding of guilt beyond reasonable doubt,' the anti-graft court said in the June 10 resolution.
With regard to whether or not Russia conspired/colluded with the Trump administration for the purpose of affecting the 2016 election, President Donald continues his mantra: "No collusion a no collusion!" Upon further inspection, what he really is saying is that there is no direct evidence of said collusion.
TRAINER Rebecca Bastiman escaped with a PS5,000 fine after a disciplinary hearing found there was no direct evidence that she conspired with her father and assistant Robin, who was banned for three years, to administer an illegal raceday injection containing the prohibited substance cobalt.
Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, said Monday there is not yet any "direct evidence" that terrorists took down the Russian charter flight over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 passengers and crew on board on Saturday.

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