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circumstantial evidence

noun

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


circumstantial evidence

noun

  1. indirect evidence that tends to establish a conclusion by inference Compare direct evidence


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Word History and Origins

Origin of circumstantial evidence1

First recorded in 1730–40

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Example Sentences

The circumstantial evidence for this origin story, known as inflation, is overwhelming.

Some see the fact that covid-19 first appeared in the same city in which the lab is located as circumstantial evidence that a laboratory accident could be to blame.

Her trial was based largely on circumstantial evidence and the argument that four deaths within the same family could not have happened by coincidence.

The findings buttress other circumstantial evidence accrued over the last decade pointing to that date, said Richard Palin, a petrologist at the University of Oxford.

The problem is that there is an enormous amount of both direct and circumstantial evidence to the contrary.

The case, he said, is “built on loose circumstantial evidence.”

There are rumors, theories, clues, and an intriguing amount of circumstantial evidence that she landed on a desert island.

In Italy, however, circumstantial evidence often counts for as much as forensic evidence in the court of law.

“Juries usually prefer circumstantial evidence to direct evidence,” the judge said.

While a jury might refuse to convict on circumstantial evidence a detective is not so deterred.

Circumstantial evidence backed by a confession that checks on all angles is about all any jury needs to be convinced of guilt.

If ever there was circumstantial evidence against a man, here it was against Rand-Brown.

It looked right—there was every form of circumstantial evidence against me.

But the same thing might be said of all judicial inquiries which proceed on circumstantial evidence.

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