circumstantial evidence


noun

proof of facts offered as evidence from which other facts are to be inferred (contrasted with direct evidence).

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Also called indirect evidence.

Origin of circumstantial evidence

First recorded in 1730–40
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British Dictionary definitions for circumstantial evidence

circumstantial evidence

noun

indirect evidence that tends to establish a conclusion by inferenceCompare direct evidence
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