ADJ. absolute, clear, conclusive, concrete, convincing, direct, good, incontrovertible, irrefutable, positive, real, tangible Have you got any positive proof that she took the money? We have proof positive that he is in hiding. I have no real proof that he was at the flat. | ample, sufficient | further | final, ultimate The photo was final proof of her husband's infidelity. | documentary, written | legal | scientific | living The lungfish is living proof that fish could evolve to breathe on land.
VERB + PROOF have | give sb, offer (sb), produce, provide (sb with) | get, obtain | need, require
PREP. without ~ He is unlikely to make wild accusations without proof. | ~ of Her account gives us no concrete proof of his guilt.
PHRASES the burden/onus of proof The burden of proof lay on the plaintiff to prove negligence. | a lack of proof The men were acquitted for lack of proof. | proof of identity, proof of purchase Proof of purchase must be provided before a refund can be made. | a standard of proof Civil proceedings require a lower standard of proof than criminal cases.