direct evidence
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Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

direct evidence
n.
Evidence that proves a fact directly, without inference or presumption; evidence provided by a witness who actually saw or experienced what happened. See also circumstantial evidence, indirect evidence

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


direct evidence
in the law of evidence, evidence of a fact in issue given by a witness who came to it through his own senses or evidence from a document or item produced before the court. See circumstantial evidence.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


direct evidence
Real, tangible, or clear evidence of a fact, happening, or thing that requires no thinking or consideration to prove its existence, as compared to circumstantial evidence.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


direct evidence
Evidence in the form of testimony from a witness who actually saw, heard, or touched the subject of questioning. Evidence that, if believed, proves existence of the fact in issue without inference or presumption. That means of proof which tends to show the existence of a fact in question, without the intervention of the proof of any other fact, and which is distinguished from circumstantial evidence, often called indirect.
Evidence that directly proves a fact, without an inference or presumption, and which in itself, if true, conclusively establishes that fact.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


direct evidence
I
Evidence in the form of testimony from a witness who actually saw, heard, or touched the subject of questioning. Evidence that, if believed, proves existence of the fact in issue without inference or presumption. That means of proof which tends to show the existence of a fact in question, without the intervention of the proof of any other fact, and which is distinguished from circumstantial evidence, often called indirect.
 
Evidence that directly proves a fact, without an inference or presumption, and which in itself, if true, conclusively establishes that fact.
II Proof of facts by witnesses who saw acts done or heard words spoken.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

direct evidence
n.
   real, tangible or clear evidence of a fact, happening or thing that requires no thinking or consideration to prove its existence, as compared to circumstantial evidence.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • 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 — 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 — 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… …   Ballentine's law 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

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