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prove

v. to present evidence and/or logic that makes a fact seem certain. What a party must do to convince a trier of fact (judge or jury without a judge) as to facts claimed and to win a lawsuit or criminal case. (See: proof)

prove

verb ascertain, ascertain as truth, confirm, corroborate, declarare, demonstrate, establish as truth, establish the genuineness of, essablish the validity of, evince, manifest, ostendere, probare, put to the proof, put to the test, show, show clearly, substantiate, support, uphold, validate, verify
Foreign phrases: In rebus manifestis, errat qui auctoritates legum allegat; quia perspicua vera non sunt probanda.In clear cases, he makes mistakes who cites legal authorities; for obvious truths are not to be proved.
See also: adduce, ascertain, bear, cite, confirm, convince, corroborate, demonstrate, disabuse, document, establish, evince, manifest, persuade, reason, show, state, substantiate, support, sustain, testify, validate, verify
References in classic literature ?
Your indifference is half affectation, and a good stirring up would prove it.
Monsieur de Montcalm pledges his word for our safety, and I have ordered the men to withdraw a little, in order to prove how much we depend on his assurance.
They were chatting and laughing very pleasantly together; and--as proves to be often the case, at moments when we ought to palpitate with sensibility--Clifford and Hepzibah bade a final farewell to the abode of their forefathers, with hardly more emotion than if they had made it their arrangement to return thither at tea-time.
But deeds must prove it also; and after he is well, remember you don't forget resolutions formed in the hour of fear.
Therefore to mee thir doom he hath assig'n'd; That they may have thir wish, to trie with mee In Battel which the stronger proves, they all, Or I alone against them, since by strength They measure all, of other excellence Not emulous, nor care who them excells; Nor other strife with them do I voutsafe.
I have now received a reply from those gentlemen to my letter asking for an explanation, and this reply proves that you know all about my Memorandum-Book and, consequently, that you are treating me with outrageous contempt.
Moreover, the generous use you make of your wealth proves that you deserve it.
There is another custom amongst them yet more extraordinary, which is, that the wife is punished whenever the husband proves false to the marriage contract; this punishment indeed extends no farther than a pecuniary mulct, and what seems more equitable, the husband is obliged to pay a sum of money to his wife.
And this proves not only that the brutes have less reason than man, but that they have none at all: for we see that very little is required to enable a person to speak; and since a certain inequality of capacity is observable among animals of the same species, as well as among men, and since some are more capable of being instructed than others, it is incredible that the most perfect ape or parrot of its species, should not in this be equal to the most stupid infant of its kind or at least to one that was crack-brained, unless the soul of brutes were of a nature wholly different from ours.
For example, when he says that it is absurd to suppose that one man is the corrupter and all the rest of the world the improvers of the youth; or, when he argues that he never could have corrupted the men with whom he had to live; or, when he proves his belief in the gods because he believes in the sons of gods, is he serious or jesting?
This piece of history proves at once the inefficiency of the union, the ambition and jealousy of its most powerful members, and the dependent and degraded condition of the rest.
The history, both of ancient and modern confederacies, proves that the weaker members of the union ought not to be insensible to the policy of this article.