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 for Material evidence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Material \Ma*te"ri*al\, a. [L. materialis, fr. materia stuff,
     matter: cf. F. mat['e]riel. See Matter, and cf.
     Mat['e]riel.]
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     1. Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical;
        as, material substance or bodies.
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              The material elements of the universe. --Whewell.
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     2. Hence: Pertaining to, or affecting, the physical nature of
        man, as distinguished from the mental or moral nature;
        relating to the bodily wants, interests, and comforts; as,
        material well-being; material comforts.
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     3. Of solid or weighty character; not insubstantial; of
        consequence; not be dispensed with; important;
        significant.
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              Discourse, which was always material, never
              trifling.                             --Evelyn.
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              I shall, in the account of simple ideas, set down
              only such as are most material to our present
              purpose.                              --Locke.
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     4. (Logic.) Pertaining to the matter, as opposed to the form,
        of a thing. See Matter.
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     Material cause. See under Cause.
  
     Material evidence (Law), evidence which conduces to the
        proof or disproof of a relevant hypothesis. --Wharton.
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     Syn: Corporeal; bodily; important; weighty; momentous;
          essential.
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