Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The best legal evidence the nature of the case will admit of. See 3 Tex. App. 103.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Primary evidence, as distinguished from secondary; original, as distinguished from substitutionary; the best and highest evidence of which the nature of the case ls susceptible. A written instrument is itself always regarded as the primary or best possible evidence of its existence and contents; a copy or the recollection of a witness, would be secondary evidence. State v. McDonald, 65 Me. 467; Elliott v. Van Buren, 33 Mich. 53, 20 Am. Rep. 668; Scett v. State, 3 Tex. App. 104; Gray v. Pentland, 2 Serg. & R. (Pa.) 34; U. S. Sugar Refinery v. Allis Ch, 56 Fed. 786, 6 C. O. A. 121; Manhattan Malting Ch v. Sweteland, 14 Mont 269, 36 Pan. 84.