circumstantial evidence


circumstantial evidence
noun
evidence providing only a basis for inference about the fact in dispute
Syn: ↑indirect evidence
Ant: ↑direct evidence
Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence
Hypernyms: ↑evidence

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noun
: evidence that tends to prove a fact in issue by proving other events or circumstances which according to the common experience of mankind are usually or always attended by the fact in issue and that therefore affords a basis for a reasonable inference by the jury or court of the occurrence of the fact in issue

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proof of facts offered as evidence from which other facts are to be inferred (contrasted with direct evidence). Also called indirect evidence.
[1730-40]

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circumstantial evidence noun
Evidence which is not positive nor direct, but which is gathered inferentially from the circumstances in the case
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Main Entry:circumstance

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circumstantial evidence,
evidence that depends on the accompanying circumstances of a crime. If stolen jewels are found in a man's possession, they are circumstantial evidence that he stole them. If somebody saw him steal them, that would be direct evidence. »

He was accused of robbing the house on the circumstantial evidence of being the only person seen entering it that day.


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