Half proof

HALF PROOF, semiplena probatio, civil law. Full proof is that which is sufficient to end the controversy, while half proof is that which is insufficient, as the foundation of a sentence or decree, although in itself entitled to some credit. Vicat, voc. Probatio.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Despite retaining possession and stretching City at times, Blackburn had nothing to offer in the final third, their failure to manage a single shot on target in the first half proof of where they must strengthen.