Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Adminiculum Definition:

Latin: some evidence tendered to support something else

Related Terms: Evidence

In his 1874 law dictionary, Archibald Brown defined adminiculum as:

"An aid or support to something else, whether a right or the evidence of one. It is principally used to designate evidence adduced in aid or support of other evidence, which without it is imperfect."

Also known to the civil law.

For example, if the terms of a contract are at issue, a person may be able to prove the existence of the contract by whole or partial references to it in other documents; the latter evidence being tendered adminiculum.

French: adminicule.


  • Bromberger, J., Petit dictionnaire juridique, 2e edition (Paris: Libraries Techniques, 1967), page 19
  • Brown, Archibald, A New Law Dictionary and Institute of the Whole Law for the Use of Students, the Legal Profession and the Public (London: Stevens & Sons, 1874), Page 13
  • Walsh, C., Jowitt's Dictionary of English Law (London: Sweet & Maxwell Limited, 1959), page 58

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