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Scintilla

A glimmer; a spark; the slightest particle or trace.

"Scintilla of evidence" is a metaphorical expression describing a very insignificant or trifling item of evidence. The common-law rule provides that if there is any evidence at all in a case, even a mere scintilla, that tends to support a material issue, the case cannot be taken from the jury but must be left to its decision.

scintilla

n. Latin for "spark." Scintilla is commonly used in reference to evidence, in the context that there must be a "scintilla of evidence" (at least a faint spark) upon which to base a judgment.

scintilla

noun bit, corpuscle, grain, insignificant amount, iota, minim, modicum, particle, small amount, small quantity, spark, tittle, trace, trifle, whit
Associated concepts: scintilla of evidence
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Greenslade wrote that "I understand Rusbridger and the chief executive of the Guardian Media Group, Andrew Miller, are baffled by this story" because "there is not a scintilla of truth" in it.
Typically, he won't know a scintilla more about the subject tomorrow, or several days from now.
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But until you criticize straight trashing of traditional marriage, until you support a constitutional amendment braining or restricting straight divorce, until you show even a scintilla of moral consistency, no one need take you seriously.
If there were a scintilla of evidence that their furious burrowing were a successful strategy, I might take more of their criticisms to heart, though I just don't have the heart for dehumanizing and demonizing homosexuals.
weapons inspectors' inability to find the merest hint of a whisper of a scintilla of any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq as positive proof they were right: "See, we told you he was hiding them.
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More than a scintilla of evidence exists when evidence rises to the level that would enable reasonable and fair-minded people to differ in their conclusions.
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But DreamWorks lawyer Bonnie Eskenazi this week said: "The court found that DreamWorks had completely fulfilled its obligations under the contract and that there wasn't even a scintilla of evidence of fraud.
Flaum agreed that sexual reproduction is a major life activity but said that the plaintiff did not produce "even a scintilla of evidence" of reproductive impairment.
Declaring, "why else would Iran have shut the door of the court and closed it from the view of the rest of the world except that they know there is not a scintilla of evidence against these 13 and their fear that the empty and fraudulent nature of the charges against these accused would become transparent to everyone, everywhere," the American Jewish Congress today expressed its dismay at the decision of Iran to try 13 Jews for spying in a closed court.