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What Does “Preponderance of the Evidence” Mean?

By a “preponderance of the evidence” is the burden of proof required of the plaintiff in most civil cases filed in the United States. This means that the evidence against the defendant must be tipped, ever so slightly, against the defendant in order for the defendant to be liable. This is a much less stringent standard of proof than the one required in criminal trials, which is that of “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

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