from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having been demonstrated or verified without doubt.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Proved: an improper form, lately growing in frequency, by imitation of the Scotch use in “not proven.”

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • past participle Proved.
  • past participle (Scots Law) a verdict of a jury that the guilt of the accused is not made out, though not disproved.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having been proved; having proved its value or truth.
  • verb Past participle of prove
  • verb Past participle of proove

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective established beyond doubt


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From Scottish English, as past participle of preve, a Middle English variant of prove – compare woven (from weave) and cloven (from cleave), both of which feature -eve → -oven. preve died out in England, but survived in Scotland, where proven developed, initially in a legal context, as in “The jury ruled that the charges were not proven.” See usage notes for historical usage patterns.


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