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.
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- n. evidence providing only a basis for inference about the fact in dispute
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[The Voice of the Negro, Atlanta, Ga.] The most interesting and fascinating report of murder trials nowadays is that of the alienist who is generally the prosecuting attorney's most valuable adjunct when circumstantial evidence is the main channel by which conviction is hoped to be secured.
The question arose because some circumstantial evidence had emerged linking certain health food products containing tryptophan to a blood disease called eosinophilia mialga syndrome E-MS.
It’s impossible to predict what will happen in a court of law, but this seemed to be precisely the type of situation in which there was enough circumstantial evidence to make the family the beneficiary of the Vaccine Court’s relaxed standards: The timing of Michelle’s post-vaccination fever corresponded closely enough with her neurological deterioration that, in the eyes of the Special Masters, there likely would not have been many questions to ask.
The police were well aware of the whispers about Ching and his Prosperity Bank and the narcotics trade but so far had no real evidence implicating him or his bank, not even enough circumstantial evidence to merit SB detention, interrogation and summary deportation.
The little biographical material we have about the rabbi Monroe biographers do not even agree on the spelling of his name plus the admittedly circumstantial evidence of Greene’s photograph suggest that Rabbi Goldburg was more active as a civil libertarian than as an enforcer of kashrut.
Threads of rumor, hearsay from a dead man's lips, suspicions and circumstantial evidence were twisted together into a rope of evidence stout enough to hang me.
Another link in the circumstantial evidence corroborating David Laing's statement is the fact that Smith was certainly at the moment in communication with Hamilton's personal friends, at whose instance the volume of poems was published.
The case against Marvin Oates for the murder of Linda Zeroski was tenuous and speculative, without even circumstantial evidence to support it, I told myself.