direct evidence

Proof which speaks directly to the issue, requiring no support by other evidence; proof in testimony out of the witness' own knowledge, as distinguished from evidence of circumstances from which inferences must be drawn if it is to have probative effect. 29 Am J2d Ev § 264.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • direct evidence — see evidence Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. direct evidence n …   Law dictionary

  • Direct evidence — Direct Di*rect , a. [L. directus, p. p. of dirigere to direct: cf. F. direct. See {Dress}, and cf. {Dirge}.] 1. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Direct evidence — supports the truth of an assertion (in criminal law, an assertion of guilt or of innocence) directly, i.e., without an intervening inference.[1] Circumstantial evidence, by contrast, directly supports the truth of evidence, from which the truth… …   Wikipedia

  • direct evidence — Evidence in form of testimony from a witness who actually saw, heard or touched the subject of questioning. State v. Baker, 249 Or. 549, 438 P.2d 978, 980. Evidence, which if believed, proves existence of fact in issue without inference or… …   Black's law dictionary

  • direct evidence — noun evidence (usually the testimony of a witness) directly related to the fact in dispute (Freq. 1) • Ant: ↑circumstantial evidence • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑evidence * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • direct evidence — evidence of a witness who testifies to the truth of the fact to be proved (contrasted with circumstantial evidence). * * * …   Universalium

  • direct evidence — /dəˌrɛkt ˈɛvədəns/ (say duh.rekt evuhduhns) noun evidence of a witness who testifies to the truth of the fact to be proved, having perceived it at first hand. Compare circumstantial evidence …   Australian English dictionary

  • direct evidence — testimony of a witness concerning the fact to be proved (as opposed to circumstantial evidence) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • evidence — ev·i·dence 1 / e və dəns, ˌdens/ n [Medieval Latin evidentia, from Latin, that which is obvious, from evident evidens clear, obvious, from e out of, from + videns, present participle of videre to see]: something that furnishes or tends to furnish …   Law dictionary

  • Direct — Di*rect , a. [L. directus, p. p. of dirigere to direct: cf. F. direct. See {Dress}, and cf. {Dirge}.] 1. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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