circumstantial evidence


noun

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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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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