Definition of adduce in US English:



[with object]
  • Cite as evidence.

    ‘a number of factors are adduced to explain the situation’
    • ‘The commissioner admitted that no evidence had been adduced to justify a jury verdict of murder.’
    • ‘However, it proceeded to speculate on the safety of their conviction with reference to the weight of the evidence adduced by the prosecution.’
    • ‘It does not require even half an education to guess why he feels obliged to adduce flimsy evidence and extrapolate fanciful conclusions from it.’
    • ‘Rather, before even adducing the evidence, they have already made up their minds that the answer is ‘yes’.’
    • ‘There may well be cases in which it would be not necessary to adduce such evidence - as for instance, if an architect omitted to provide a front door to the premises.’
    • ‘That was a case where diminished responsibility was not raised at the trial but it was later sought to adduce medical evidence on the issue.’
    • ‘I do not see what responsibility the Minister of Police has for evidence adduced by Crown counsel during a trial.’
    • ‘Secondly, there has never been adduced a body of evidence that demonstrates the need to make a new crime out of a hitherto legitimate activity.’
    • ‘No specific evidence has been adduced in respect of this allegation.’
    • ‘They adduce no evidence for this proposition, beyond the intuition that giving three vaccines simultaneously is too much for the infantile immune system.’
    • ‘If the defendant adduces no evidence there is nothing to rebut the inference of negligence and the plaintiff will have proved his case.’
    • ‘Counsel gave another reason for adducing the evidence which it appears the judge did not accept.’
    • ‘Editors at the New York Times did not need to be clairvoyant to adduce the massive evidence to that effect.’
    • ‘In the book, he adduced a wealth of evidence to support his thoughts.’
    • ‘A number of proposal forms were adduced in evidence to indicate the areas of concern to yacht insurers.’
    • ‘A certain amount of evidence was adduced on this point.’
    • ‘I see no difficulty in the landlord recovering damages at the market rate even though he has adduced no evidence that he would or could have relet the property.’
    • ‘This may occur when an accused adduces sufficient evidence to raise a doubt about his guilt but the jury is not convinced on a balance of probabilities that his account is true.’
    • ‘We ruled that the appellant could and should call him and, in the first instance, adduce whatever evidence he now wished to give.’
    • ‘Yet he adduces no evidence to contradict this point.’
    quote, reproduce
    cite, quote, name, mention, instance, specify, identify, give, point out, call attention to, refer to, make reference to
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Late Middle English: from Latin adducere, from ad- ‘towards’ + ducere ‘to lead’.