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Definition of "proven" []

  • A past tense and a past participle of prove. (verb)
  • Having been demonstrated or verified without doubt: "a Soviet leader of proven shrewdness and prescience” ( Joyce Carol Oates). See Usage Note at prove. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "proven" in a sentence
  • "The argument is in some ways similar to the one President Bush made in 2004, when he campaigned on what he described as his proven leadership in the aftermath of the 2001 attacks and said the terrorist threat called for keeping him in the job."
  • "Fisher said low-income 4-year-olds could be served by Smart Start, which she called a proven program."
  • "Schweitzer, whose national profile soared following a widely praised speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, campaigned on what he called a proven record of economic successes."