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circumstantial evidence

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Evidence not bearing directly on the fact in dispute but on various attendant circumstances from which the judge or jury might infer the occurrence of the fact in dispute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. evidence obtained from circumstances, which necessarily or usually attend facts of a particular nature, from which arises presumption. According to some authorities circumstantial is distinguished from positive evidence in that the latter is the testimony of eyewitnesses to a fact or the admission of a party; but the prevalent opinion now is that all such testimony is dependent on circumstances for its support. All testimony is more or less circumstantial.
  • n. See under Circumstantial, Conclusive, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. evidence providing only a basis for inference about the fact in dispute

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