preponderance of the proof


preponderance of the proof
Greater weight of the evidence, the common standard of evidence in civil cases.

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  • preponderance of the evidence — pre·pon·der·ance of the evidence /pri pän də rəns /: the standard of proof in most civil cases in which the party bearing the burden of proof must present evidence which is more credible and convincing than that presented by the other party or… …   Law dictionary

  • proof — The effect of evidence; the establishment of a fact by evidence. New England Newspaper Pub. Co. v. Bonner, C.C.A.Mass., 77 F.2d 915, 916. Any fact or circumstance which leads the mind to the affirmative or negative of any proposition. The… …   Black's law dictionary

  • proof — n [alteration of Middle English preove, from Old French preuve, from Late Latin proba, from Latin probare to prove] 1: the effect of evidence sufficient to persuade a reasonable person that a particular fact exists see also evidence 2: the… …   Law dictionary

  • preponderance of evidence — A standard of proof that must be met by a plaintiff if he or she is to win a civil action. Dictionary from West s Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005. preponderance of evidence I …   Law dictionary

  • preponderance of evidence — As standard of proof in civil cases, is evidence which is of greater weight or more convincing than the evidence which is offered in opposition to it; that is, evidence which as a whole shows that the fact sought to be proved is more probable… …   Black's law dictionary

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  • degree of proof — The measure of the evidence required in an action, suit, or proceeding, for the establishment of the truth of an allegation pleaded by verdict of the jury or the finding by the court in a trial to the court. In civil actions, the measure is… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Legal burden of proof — This article is about the burden of proof in law. For other uses, see Burden of proof (disambiguation). The burden of proof (Latin: onus probandi) is the obligation to shift the accepted conclusion away from an oppositional opinion to one s own… …   Wikipedia


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