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

    To testify in confirmation of other testimony.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    To strengthen; to add weight or credibility to a thing by additional and confirming facts or evidence. Still v. State (Tex. Cr. It.) 50 S. W. 355; State v. Hicks, 6 S. D. 325, 60 N. W. 66; Schefter v. Hatch, 70 Hun, 507, 25 N. Y. Supp. 240. The expression "corroborating circumstances" clearly does not mean facts which, independent of a confession, will warrant a conviction; for then the verdict wonid stand not on the confession, but upon those independent circumstances. To corroborate is to strengthen, to confirm by additional security, to add strength. The testimony of a withess is said to be corroborated when it is shown to correspond with the representation of some other witness, or to comport with some facte otherwise known or established. Corroborating circumstances, then, used in reference to a confession, are such as serve' to strengthen it, to render it more probable; such, in short, as may serve to impress a jury with a belief in its truth. State v. Guild, 10 N. J. Law, 163, 18 Am. Dec. 404.
    —Corroborating evidence. Evidence supplementary to that already given and tending to strengthen or confirm it; additional evidence of a different character to the same point. Gild-ersleeve v. Atkinson, 6 N. M. 250, 27 Pac. 477 ; Mills v. Comm., 93 Va. 815, 22 S. El 863; Civ. Proc. Cal. 1903, § 1839. Corruptio optimi est pessima. Corruption of the best is worst.