One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A document giving evidence as to the existence or contents of another, missing document.
- ‘It can form one of the (at least) two adminicles of evidence that must exist before it can hold that the person who committed the crime was the accused.’
- ‘The trial judge took the view that the police officer's evidence of the defendant's being visibly shocked could be regarded as an adminicle independent of the defendant's evidence.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin adminiculum ‘prop, support’.
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