Alternative formsEdit


counter- +‎ evidence


counterevidence (countable and uncountable, plural counterevidences)

  1. (philosophy, law, sciences) Evidence which tends to disprove a claim or hypothesis.
    • 1838, David King, “Two lectures, in reply to the speeches of Dr. Chalmers on church extension,” Hume Tracts, David Robertson (Glasgow), p. 21:
      Having been strongly pressed to do so, I gave counter-evidence, and I believe, in the opinion of the Commission, demolished the Doctor a second time.
    • 1975, Edward Kelly, “Curriculum Evaluation and Literary Criticism: Comments on the Analogy,” Curriculum Theory Network, vol. 5, no. 2, p. 102:
      As the alternative norms and counterevidences are uncovered, it is the evaluator's task to determine inconsistency, contradiction, and subterfuge, and then to render his own verdict.
    • 2007, Daniel A. Weiskopf, “Patrolling the Mind’s Boundaries,” Erkenntnis, vol. 68, no. 2, p. 273:
      People persevere in asserting all sorts of things in the face of apparent counterevidence.