- proof of facts offered as evidence from which other facts are to be inferred (contrasted with direct evidence).
Origin of circumstantial evidence
First recorded in 1730–40
Also called indirect evidence.
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- indirect evidence that tends to establish a conclusion by inferenceCompare direct evidence
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