Not proven(Scots Law), a verdict of a jury that the guilt of the accused is not made out, though not disproved. Mozley & W.

(||Pro`ven`çal") a. [F., fr. Provence, fr. L. provincia province. See Provincial.] Of or pertaining to Provence or its inhabitants.

(||Pro`ven`çal"), n. [F.]

1. A native or inhabitant of Provence in France.

2. The Provencal language. See Langue d'oc.

3. To ascertain or establish the genuineness or validity of; to verify; as, to prove a will.

4. To gain experience of the good or evil of; to know by trial; to experience; to suffer.

Where she, captived long, great woes did prove.

5. (Arith.) To test, evince, ascertain, or verify, as the correctness of any operation or result; thus, in subtraction, if the difference between two numbers, added to the lesser number, makes a sum equal to the greater, the correctness of the subtraction is proved.

6. (Printing) To take a trial impression of; to take a proof of; as, to prove a page.

Syn. — To try; verify; justify; confirm; establish; evince; manifest; show; demonstrate.

(Prove), v. i.

1. To make trial; to essay.

2. To be found by experience, trial, or result; to turn out to be; as, a medicine proves salutary; the report proves false. "The case proves mortal." Arbuthnot.

So life a winter's morn may prove.

3. To succeed; to turn out as expected. [Obs.] "The experiment proved not." Bacon.

(Pro*vect") a. [L. provectus, p. p. of provehere to carry forward.] Carried forward; advanced. [Obs.] "Provect in years." Sir T. Flyot.

(Pro*vec"tion) n. [L. provectio an advancement.] (Philol.) A carrying forward, as of a final letter, to a following word; as, for example, a nickname for an ekename.

(Pro*ved"i*tor) n. [It. proveditore, provveditore, fr. provedere, L. providere. See Provide, and cf. Purveyor, Provedore.] One employed to procure supplies, as for an army, a steamer, etc.; a purveyor; one who provides for another. Jer. Taylor.

(Prov"e*dore) n. [Cf. Sp. proveedor. See Proveditor.] A proveditor; a purveyor.

Busied with the duties of a provedore.
W. Irving.

(Prov"en) p. p. or a. Proved. "Accusations firmly proven in his mind." Thackeray.

Of this which was the principal charge, and was generally believed to beproven, he was acquitted.

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