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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. 2017.
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  • Centipedes:Allothereua maculata (circumstantial evidence), p. 223.

  • The jury convict on circumstantial evidence, and I sentence the prisoner to death.

    Uncanny Tales Various
  • I decline to use the circumstantial evidence you have brought against a man who is above suspicion, in my mind, at least.

    The Diamond Coterie Lawrence L. Lynch
  • The Fiscal and Superintendent is there now and we've been going into the circumstantial evidence.

    Simon J. Storer Clouston
  • By indirect or circumstantial evidence is meant evidence of facts from which the fact in question may be inferred.

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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