scin·til·la /sin-'ti-lə/ n: a small trace or barely perceptible amount of something (as evidence supporting a position)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun bit, corpuscle, grain, insignificant amount, iota, minim, modicum, particle, small amount, small quantity, spark, tittle, trace, trifle, whit associated concepts: scintilla of evidence II index iota, minimum

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(Latin) A spark; the tiniest particle; the merest trace of something.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

A little bit, from the Latin for "spark." The term is commonly used to refer to evidence — for example in a lawyer's argument that there is not a "scintilla of evidence" (at least a faint spark) to support one of the other side's claims.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

A glimmer; a spark; the slightest particle or trace.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A glimmer; a spark; the slightest particle or trace.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   Latin for "spark." Scintilla is commonly used in reference to evidence, in the context that there must be a "scintilla of evidence" (at least a faint spark) upon which to base a judgment.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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