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Corroboration Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    corroboration n : confirmation that some fact or statement is true [syn: documentation, certification]
Corroboration Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Corroboration \Cor*rob`o*ra"tion\ (k?r-r?b`?-r?"sh?n), n. [Cf. F. corroboration.]
  1. The act of corroborating, strengthening, or confirming; addition of strength; confirmation; as, the corroboration of an argument, or of information.
  2. That which corroborates.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Corroboration'


Corroborating evidence is evidence that tends to support a proposition that is already supported by some evidence. For example, W, a witness, testifies that she saw X drive his automobile into a green car. Y, another witness, testifies that when he examined X's car later that day he noticed green paint on its fender. Or you can have corroborating evidence related to a certain source such as what makes an author think a certain way.

For more information on this type of reasoning see casuistry.

Another type of corroborating evidence comes from using the Baconian method, i.e. the method of agreement, method of difference, and method of concomitant variations.

These are followed in experimental design. They were codified by Francis Bacon, and developed further by John Stuart Mill and consist of controlling several variables in turn to establish which variables are causally connected. These principles are widely used intuitively in various kinds of proofs, demonstrations and investigations, in addition to being fundamental to experimental design.

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  • Chris Marshall: Corroboration causing consternation
    WHEN 20-year-old Peter Cadder was convicted of two assaults and a breach of the peace at Glasgow Sheriff Court in 2009, there was no telling how this seemingly routine case would go on to shape Scottish justice. Read more on this news related to 'Corroboration'
  • McCluskey renews attack on proposed law move
    FORMER Solicitor General and High Court judge Lord McCluskey renewed his attack on police as he fights to keep corroboration. Read more on this news related to 'Corroboration'
  • Ex-high court judge slams corroboration scrap plan
    A RETIRED high court judge has launched a fresh attack on plans to scrap the need for corroboration in criminal trials. Read more on this news related to 'Corroboration'

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