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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. evidence which is positive or not inferential; -- opposed to circumstantial evidence, or indirect evidence. -- This distinction, however, is merely formal, since there is no direct evidence that is not circumstantial, or dependent on circumstances for its credibility.

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  • n. evidence (usually the testimony of a witness) directly related to the fact in dispute

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Examples

  • Orat., i.), the third century saw the Old Testament allegorized and allegorically employed as direct evidence for the truths of Christianity.

    The Mission and Expansion of Christianity in the First Three Centuries

  • Hence we cannot expect from him much direct evidence bearing on the Passovers during the teaching of Jesus.

    Was Christ Born in Bethlehem?

  • The marvelous contrivances which we meet everywhere in organic nature remain wholly inexplicable by natural selection or other non-intelligent agents in which purpose is not included, and to the ordinary unsophisticated mind they bring home, as what may be deemed more philosophical arguments can not, the truth that here we have direct evidence of a Supreme Artificer.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • Malrue would have been as cautious about leaving no direct evidence of earlier murderous activities as she had been in her plans for Gonwil.

    The Complete Federation Of The Hub

  • Bishop Phillpotts, coming down on such elements as these, was, in spite of his soundness of faith and grand trenchant force of character, better as a warrior than as a shepherd, and the controversial and political sides of his character, though invaluable to the Church, did not recommend him to the affections of the people of his diocese, who could not understand the points of the debate, and wanted the direct evidence of spirituality which they could appreciate.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson

  • Halushka and Philip C. Hoffman at the University of Chicago also objected in a Science paper, claiming that there is no direct evidence that THP is formed in vivo, or that THP or a metabolite has high addictive liability.

    Alcohol and The Addictive Brain

  • We have direct evidence to the same effect in a letter from Colonel Monistrol regarding Lord Wellesley's application for Flinders 'release.

    The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders

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