state's evidence
noun Usage: often capitalized S Date: 1787 a participant in a crime or an accomplice who gives evidence for the prosecution especially in return for a reduced sentence; also the evidence given — used chiefly in the phrase turn state's evidence

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  • State'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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • state'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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • state's evidence — n: a participant or accomplice in a crime who gives evidence to the prosecution esp. in return for a reduced sentence used chiefly in the phrase turn state s evidence Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. state s evidence …   Law dictionary

  • State's evidence — State State (st[=a]t), n. [OE. stat, OF. estat, F. [ e]tat, fr. L. status a standing, position, fr. stare, statum, to stand. See {Stand}, and cf. {Estate}, {Status}.] 1. The circumstances or condition of a being or thing at any given time. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • state's evidence — noun turn state s evidence AMERICAN LEGAL a person involved in a crime who turns state s evidence gives evidence in a criminal trial against other people also involved in that crime, usually in order to receive less severe punishment …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • state's evidence — ☆ state s evidence n. Law evidence given by or for the prosecution in a criminal case, usually evidence given by a criminal against his or her associates evidence given by or for the prosecution in a criminal case, usually evidence given by a… …   English World dictionary

  • State's evidence — n AmE turn State s evidence if a criminal turns State s evidence, they give information in a court of law about other criminals …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • state's evidence — state s′ ev′idence n. law evidence for the prosecution given by an accomplice in a crime • turn state s evidence Etymology: 1790–1800 …   From formal English to slang

  • state's evidence — noun evidence for the prosecution in criminal proceedings • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑evidence * * * noun turn state s evidence US law ◇ If you are charged with a crime and you …   Useful english dictionary

  • State's Evidence — Infobox Film name = State s Evidence caption = director = Benjamin Louis writer = Mark Brown starring = Douglas Smith, Alexa Vega, Majandra Delfino, Kris Lemche, Cody McMains, Drew Tyler Bell budget = US$200,000 $400,000The budget was actually… …   Wikipedia

  • state's evidence — n. to turn state s evidence (see also King s evidence, Queen s evidence) * * * [ˌsteɪts evɪd(ə)ns] to turn state s evidence (see also King s evidence, Queen s evidence) …   Combinatory dictionary

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