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Dictionary Definition

proven adj : established beyond doubt; "a proven liar"; "a Soviet leader of proven shrewdness" [syn: proved] [ant: unproved]prove


1 be shown or be found to be; "She proved to be right"; "The medicine turned out to save her life"; "She turned up HIV positive" [syn: turn out, turn up]
2 establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment; "The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound"; "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture" [syn: demonstrate, establish, show, shew] [ant: disprove]
3 provide evidence for; "The blood test showed that he was the father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence" [syn: testify, bear witness, evidence, show]
4 prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof
5 put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe" [syn: test, try, try out, examine, essay]
6 increase in volume; "the dough rose slowly in the warm room" [syn: rise]
7 cause to puff up with a leaven; "unleavened bread" [syn: raise, leaven]
8 take a trial impression of
9 obtain probate of; "prove a will" [also: proven]proven See prove

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Having been proved; having proved its value or truth.
    Its a proven fact that morphine is a more effective painkiller than acetaminophen is.
    Mass lexical comparison is not a proven method for demonstrating relationships between languages.


  1. In the context of "often|_|proscribed}}

Extensive Definition

Proven is a rural village in the Belgian province of West-Flanders, and a "deelgemeente" of the municipality Poperinge. The village has about 1400 inhabitants.
The church and parish of Proven are named after Saint Victor. The Saint Victor Church was rebuilt in 1806, after the late Gothic church from the early 17th century burnt down in 1802. In popular speech, the tower is called "peperbus" (pepper pot).
proven in Dutch: Proven

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