Found 2 items, similar to circumstantial evidence.
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Definition: circumstantial evidence
n : evidence providing only a basis for inference about the fact
in dispute [syn: indirect evidence
] [ant: direct evidence
English → English
Definition: Circumstantial evidence
, n. [F. ['e]vidence, L. Evidentia. See
1. That which makes evident or manifest; that which
furnishes, or tends to furnish, proof; any mode of proof;
the ground of belief or judgement; as, the evidence of our
senses; evidence of the truth or falsehood of a statement.
Faith is . . . the evidence of things not seen.
--Heb. xi. 1.
O glorious trial of exceeding love
Illustrious evidence, example high. --Milton.
2. One who bears witness. [R.] “Infamous and perjured
--Sir W. Scott.
3. (Law) That which is legally submitted to competent
tribunal, as a means of ascertaining the truth of any
alleged matter of fact under investigation before it;
means of making proof; -- the latter, strictly speaking,
not being synonymous with evidence, but rather the effect
of it. --Greenleaf.
, Conclusive evidence
, etc. See
, King's evidence
, or Queen's evidence
evidence for the crown, in English courts; equivalent to
in American courts. [Eng.]
, evidence for the government or the
people. [U. S. ]
To turn King's evidence To turn Queen's evidence
, or To turn State's evidence
, to confess a crime and give evidence
against one's accomplices.
Syn: Testimony; proof. See Testimony
a. [Cf. F. circonstanciel.]
1. Consisting in, or pertaining to, circumstances or
The usual character of human testimony is
substantial truth under circumstantial variety.
2. Incidental; relating to, but not essential.
We must therefore distinguish between the essentials
in religious worship . . . and what is merely
3. Abounding with circumstances; detailing or exhibiting all
the circumstances; minute; particular.
Tedious and circumstantial recitals. --Prior.
(Law), 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. --Wharton.
Syn: See Minute