preponderance of the evidence

Overview

Preponderance of the evidence is one type of evidentiary standard used in a burden of proof analysis. Under the preponderance standard, the burden of proof is met when the party with the burden convinces the fact finder that there is a greater than 50% chance that the claim is true. This is the burden of proof in a civil trial.

Further Reading

For more on the preponderance of the evidence, see this University of Florida Law Review article, this University of Pennsylvania Law Review article, and this Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article

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