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EVIDENCE, EXTRINSIC

The grounds for assenting to something on the authority of another person. It is called extrinsic evidence because it does not arise directly from the object known but from the word of someone whose credibility (authority) warrants acceptance.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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