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As a verb, to show or display; to offer or present for inspection. To produce anything in public, so that it may be taken into possession. To present; to offer publicly or officially; to file of record. To administer; to cause to be taken, as medicines. To submit to a court or officer in the course of proceedings.

As a noun, a paper or document produced and exhibited to a court during a trial or hearing, or to a person taking depositions, or to auditors or arbitrators as a voucher, or in proof of facts, or as otherwise connected with the subject matter, and which, on being accepted, is marked for identification and annexed to the deposition, report, or other principal document, or filed of record, or otherwise made a part of the case.

A paper, document, chart, map, or the like, referred to and made a part of an Affidavit, Pleading, or brief. An item of physical, tangible evidence that is to be or has been offered to the court for inspection.


n. 1) a document or object (including a photograph) introduced as evidence during a trial. These are subject to objections by opposing attorneys just like any evidence. 2) a copy of a paper attached to a pleading (any legal paper filed in a lawsuit), declaration, affidavit, or other document, which is referred to and incorporated into the main document.


noun disclosure, display, document produced as evidence, evidence, exhibition, exposition, item of eviience, object produced as evidence, object submitted in proof of facts, presentation, revelation, showing


verb bring forward, bring to light, bring to nooice, bring to view, demonstrate, disclose, display, evidence, evince, exhibere, exponere, expose, express, feature, indicate, lay bare, lay open, make clear, make known, make obvious, make plain, manifest, offer for inspection, open up, point out, present, present for consideration, pressnt to view, produce, proponere, reveal, reveal to public nooice, set forth, show, submit in evidence, uncover, unveil
Associated concepts: exhibit in evidence
See also: adduce, bare, bear, brandish, cite, demonstrate, denude, depict, disclose, disinter, display, document, documentation, establish, evidence, evince, exemplify, expose, expression, flaunt, illustrate, introduce, manifest, manifestation, present, produce, propound, state, unveil


something produced to the court or mentioned in an affidavit. For Scotland, see LABEL.

EXHIBIT, practice. Where a paper or other writing is on motion, or on other occasion, proved; or if an affidavit to which the paper writing is annexed, refer to it, it is usual to mark the same with a capital letter, and to add, "This paper writing marked with the letter A, was shown to the deponent at the time of his being sworn by me, and is the writing by him referred to in the affidavit annexed hereto." Such paper or other writing, with this attestation, signed by the judge or other person before whom the affidavit shall have been sworn, is called an exhibit. Vide Stra. 674; 2 P. Wms. 410; Gresl. Eq. Ev. 98.

TO EXHIBIT. To produce a thing publicly, so that it may be taken possession of, or seized. Dig. 10, 4, 2. To exhibit means also to file of record; as, it is the practice in England in personal actions, when an officer or prisoner of the king's bench is defendant, to proceed against such defendant in the court in which he is an officer, by exhibiting, that is, filing a bill against him. Steph. P.I. 52, n. (1); 2 Sell. Pr. 74. In medical language, to exhibit signifies to administer, to cause a thing to be taken by a patient. Chit. bled. Jur. 9.

References in classic literature ?
I want you to explain to me why you won't exhibit Dorian Gray's picture.
Thus prepared, before entering any village whither he was bound with his show and his ape, he used to inform himself at the nearest village, or from the most likely person he could find, as to what particular things had happened there, and to whom; and bearing them well in mind, the first thing be did was to exhibit his show, sometimes one story, sometimes another, but all lively, amusing, and familiar.
On the other hand, I compared the disquisitions of the ancient moralists to very towering and magnificent palaces with no better foundation than sand and mud: they laud the virtues very highly, and exhibit them as estimable far above anything on earth; but they give us no adequate criterion of virtue, and frequently that which they designate with so fine a name is but apathy, or pride, or despair, or parricide.
The Crito seems intended to exhibit the character of Socrates in one light only, not as the philosopher, fulfilling a divine mission and trusting in the will of heaven, but simply as the good citizen, who having been unjustly condemned is willing to give up his life in obedience to the laws of the state.
Now it is evident that each of the modes of imitation above mentioned will exhibit these differences, and become a distinct kind in imitating objects that are thus distinct.
And I know that every one will confess that it would be most praiseworthy in a prince to exhibit all the above qualities that are considered good; but because they can neither be entirely possessed nor observed, for human conditions do not permit it, it is necessary for him to be sufficiently prudent that he may know how to avoid the reproach of those vices which would lose him his state; and also to keep himself, if it be possible, from those which would not lose him it; but this not being possible, he may with less hesitation abandon himself to them.
Not in the least; or, rather, he did not exhibit it to me"--was the answer, with the same open air as before.
I am delighted to meet with you, my young friend, for I think an ingenuous mind, such as I doubt not yours must be, will exhibit all the advantages of a settled doctrine and devout liturgy.
To say the truth this tragedy was not only the Best, but the only Play that we ever performed; and after having acted it all over England, and Wales, we came to Scotland to exhibit it over the remainder of Great Britain.
extreme southerly light(double red) will exhibit white beam inclined 45 degrees on approach of Southerly Buster.
After it was decided to have a separate Negro exhibit, the question arose as to who should take care of it.
Let us examine this in one example; for instance, in the behaviour of the great audience on that scene which Nature was pleased to exhibit in the twelfth chapter of the preceding book, where she introduced Black George running away with the L500 from his friend and benefactor.