Not proven
Proven Prov"en, p. p. or a. Proved. ``Accusations firmly proven in his mind.'' --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

Of this which was the principal charge, and was generally believed to beproven, he was acquitted. --Jowett (Thucyd. ). [1913 Webster]

{Not proven} (Scots Law), a verdict of a jury that the guilt of the accused is not made out, though not disproved. --Mozley & W. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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