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    Question "Evidence to the contrary"

    Hello,

    Would you please tell me what this phrase means "Evidence to the contrary"?

    Thank-you!

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    Re: "Evidence to the contrary"

    I've usually heard it as "all evidence to the contrary." It means "I know how it seems, but something else is actually true."


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    Re: "Evidence to the contrary"

    When there is a dispute, one has evidence to reinforce a statement, and evidence to the contrary.

    In this context, "Contrary" means the opposite of what is stated.
    For instance:

    Some people think beer is good for you, evidence to the contrary suggests that it can be harmful.


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    Re: "Evidence to the contrary"

    Quote Originally Posted by pedant View Post
    When there is a dispute, one has evidence to reinforce a statement, and evidence to the contrary.

    In this context, "Contrary" means the opposite of what is stated.
    For instance:

    Some people think beer is good for you, evidence to the contrary suggests that it can be harmful.
    Dear Pedant,

    Thanks for the quick reply! and how's about "Absent evidence to the contrary, one assumes that ..."?


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    Re: "Evidence to the contrary"

    "Absent evidence to the contrary, one assumes that ..."?

    This would probably be phrased "Evidence to the contrary being absent, one assumes..."

    Since no evidence is/has been produced, then an assumption is made

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