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circumstantial evidence

proof of facts offered as evidence from which other facts are to be inferred (contrasted with direct evidence).
Also called indirect evidence.
Origin of circumstantial evidence
First recorded in 1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "circumstantial evidence is often valuable," declared Josie.

    Mary Louise in the Country L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
  • circumstantial evidence must first be marshalled, and then a motive must be found.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • The jury convict on circumstantial evidence, and I sentence the prisoner to death.

    Uncanny Tales Various
  • The Fiscal and Superintendent is there now and we've been going into the circumstantial evidence.

    Simon J. Storer Clouston
  • There was nothing but circumstantial evidence against Radnor.

    The Four Pools Mystery Jean Webster
British Dictionary definitions for circumstantial evidence

circumstantial evidence

indirect evidence that tends to establish a conclusion by inference Compare direct evidence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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