preponderance of evidence


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preponderance of evidence

(prē-pon′dĕ-răns) [L. praeponderare, to outweigh]
The relative weight or strength of the claims made by opposing parties in a legal dispute. When a civil lawsuit is decided, it is determined according to this standard and not according to the standard of reasonable doubt, which is used in criminal trials.
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Should preponderance of evidence be the proof standard in these cases?
But the standard for sentencing is a preponderance of evidence.
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However, the preponderance of evidence does not support abandoning current standards and regulations as explained in our recent commentary.
The resulting Supreme Court certification was limited solely to establishing the appropriate standard of proof for an IFPA violation, and the Court determined that the standard was "a preponderance of evidence," the least demanding of the three evidentiary standards (preponderance of evidence, clear and convincing evidence, and proof beyond a reasonable doubt).
The Workers' Compensation Commission found that Nurse Holland failed to prove by a preponderance of evidence that she sustained a compensable injury for which her employer was responsible.
Scholl proves to have been a pretty good liar, almost talking her way out of custody until the preponderance of evidence forces her to acknowledge underground affiliations.
In 1771, Londoners bet nearly 60,000 pounds on whether French diplomat Charles de Beaumont was male or female; though de Beaumont declined to furnish definitive proof, a judge ruled that the preponderance of evidence favored female.
The preponderance of evidence suggests that the warming of the past 50 years has mostly come from greenhouse gas emissions and everything we're seeing in the Arctic is 100 percent consistent with that," says Robert Corell, a senior fellow at the American Meteorological Society in Washington, D.
It decided that if a worker proves by a preponderance of evidence that sex was a motivating factor in the employer's decision or action, the worker is entitled to damages, even when the employer also is motivated by lawful reasons, unless the employer can demonstrate that it would have treated the worker similarly had gender played no role.