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EtymologyEdit

From the verb beweisen

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /bəˈvaɪ̯s/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪ̯s

NounEdit

Beweis m (genitive Beweises, plural Beweise)

  1. (countable) proof
    • 2010, Der Spiegel, issue 23/2010, page 75:
      Erst in den neunziger Jahren etablierte sich die sogenannte evidenzbasierte Medizin, die systematisch nach Beweisen für die Wirksamkeit von Medikamenten sucht.
      Only in the '90s did the so-called evidence-based medicine establish itself, which systematically searches for proof for the effectiveness of medical drugs.

Usage notesEdit

  • Generally, a Beweis is understood to be one piece of evidence that suffices to prove something. The plural Beweise can refer either to a plurality of such sufficient proofs, or to pieces of evidence that become proof by their combination. Therefore the German plural is often equivalent to the English uncountable singular. For example: Es gibt Beweise für die Entdeckung Amerikas durch die Wikinger. (“There is proof for the Vikings’ discovery of America.”)
  • The singular is used in German as in English for an intellectual study aimed at proving something, as in ein mathematischer Beweis (“a mathematical proof”).

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