King's evidence
Evidence Ev"i*dence, n. [F. ['e]vidence, L. Evidentia. See {Evident}.] 1. That which makes evident or manifest; that which furnishes, or tends to furnish, proof; any mode of proof; the ground of belief or judgement; as, the evidence of our senses; evidence of the truth or falsehood of a statement. [1913 Webster]

Faith is . . . the evidence of things not seen. --Heb. xi. 1. [1913 Webster]

O glorious trial of exceeding love Illustrious evidence, example high. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. One who bears witness. [R.] ``Infamous and perjured evidences.'' --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) That which is legally submitted to competent tribunal, as a means of ascertaining the truth of any alleged matter of fact under investigation before it; means of making proof; -- the latter, strictly speaking, not being synonymous with evidence, but rather the effect of it. --Greenleaf. [1913 Webster]

{Circumstantial evidence}, {Conclusive evidence}, etc. See under {Circumstantial}, {Conclusive}, etc.

{Crown's evidence}, {King's evidence}, or {Queen's evidence}, evidence for the crown, in English courts; equivalent to {state's evidence} in American courts. [Eng.]

{State's evidence}, evidence for the government or the people. [U. S. ]

{To turn King's evidence} {To turn Queen's evidence}, or {To turn State's evidence}, to confess a crime and give evidence against one's accomplices.

Syn: Testimony; proof. See {Testimony}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • King's evidence — King King, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. k[ o]nig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung, Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. [root]44. See {Kin} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • king's evidence — n turn King s evidence BrE to give information about other criminals in order to get a less severe punishment →↑queen s evidence American Equivalent: state s evidence …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • king's evidence — or queen s evidence n. Eng. Law STATE S EVIDENCE …   English World dictionary

  • king's evidence — noun Usage: usually capitalized K : one who gives evidence for the crown in British criminal proceedings willingness to turn King s evidence compare state s evidence * * * Brit. Law. evidence for the crown given by an accused person against his… …   Useful english dictionary

  • king's evidence — n. (BE) to turn king s evidence (see also queen s evidence, state s evidence) * * * [ˌkɪŋz evɪd(ə)ns] (BE) to turn king s evidence (see also queen s evidence, state s evidence) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • king's evidence — noun turn King s evidence BrE to give information about other criminals in order to get a less severe punishment; state s evidence AmE see also: Queen s evidence …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • king's evidence — Brit. Law. evidence for the crown given by an accused person against his or her alleged accomplices. Also called, when a queen is sovereign, queen s evidence. Cf. state s evidence. * * * …   Universalium

  • King's evidence — noun in the reign of a king, the term for Queen s evidence …   English new terms dictionary

  • King's evidence — /kɪŋz ˈɛvədəns/ (say kingz evuhduhns) noun See Queen s evidence …   Australian English dictionary

  • king's evidence — Same as state s evidence …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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