**proof ***noun *

__ 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. *