circumstantial evidence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n circumstantial evidence evidence providing only a basis for inference about the fact in dispute
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Circumstantial evidence (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.
    • Circumstantial evidence See under Circumstantial Conclusive, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Circumstantial evidence evidence which is not positive nor direct, but which is gathered inferentially from the circumstances in the case
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. stans, stantis, standing—stāre, to stand.

Usage

In literature:

I shall now produce some circumstantial evidence in favour of Dryden.
"Notes and Queries, Number 223, February 4, 1854" by Various
The evidence may be circumstantial, but it is conclusive.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
There are conditions under which circumstantial evidence is the best possible testimony.
"The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal," by Various
Maybe there was no proof, but how much circumstantial evidence was needed to paint a picture?
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
In the past he was the only one who had ever shown himself superior to public opinion and circumstantial evidence.
"The Hickory Limb" by Parker Fillmore
The longer I dwell on the idea the more does it appear that circumstantial evidence all points one way.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
Yet underneath the eloquence was a logical simplicity, a keen sifting of facts, the exposure of flaws in the circumstantial evidence.
"David Dunne" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
The remaining details of the crime, as far as circumstantial evidence revealed them, told a story which was truly horrifying.
"The Mysterious Murder of Pearl Bryan" by Unknown
It struck me as one of purely damned, damning circumstantial evidence and it interested me at the time.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
The circumstantial evidence is damning.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
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In news:

Workers' Compensation — Intentional Tort — Circumstantial Evidence.
Anthrax Evidence Called Mostly Circumstantial .
Workers' Compensation — Intentional Tort — Circumstantial Evidence .
"Circumstantial evidence is not enough".
The evidence against Robert Dewey was circumstantial.
Ulcerative colitis has been suggested to be caused by infection and there is circumstantial evidence linking Escherichia coli with the condition.
In a sworn affidavit, Schenter, who declined to comment to the Weekly, claimed the latter, and circumstantial evidence backs him up.
Accused of first degree murder of her two year old daughter, Casey is facing a mountain of circumstantial evidence.
The circumstantial evidence all points to the Mossad, and the result is a diplomatic nightmare for the Jewish state.
Rockstar is being hush-hush about the launch of Grand Theft Auto 5, even as mounting circumstantial evidence points to a spring release.
"The one hold out was me, and, I was concerned about the hearsay evidence and circumstantial evidence, and I needed more time to think about it," Ron Supalo, juror, said.
A strand of hair consistent with that of David Hunt found on Riggins' sweater at the murder scene is among the circumstantial evidence "that points toward innocence ," Assistant Public Defender Ken Schaller said.
Circumstantial evidence is prompting District Court Judge Robert Hentchel to send Antonio Lewis to trial for the murder of Ivory Shaver III.
A senior US official says there is strong circumstantial evidence that Mexican federal police who fired on a US embassy vehicle, wounding two CIA agents, were working for organized crime on a targeted assassination attempt.
Only circumstantial evidence and phone calls link Hezbollah members to the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister.
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In science:

This evidence is mostly circumstantial so far, since the deep pencil-beam surveys cover only very small (typically 50 sq. arcmin. or less) disjoint areas of the sky.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
Evidence for the existence of M-theory is still only circumstantial— no complete background-independent formulation of the theory yet exists.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
At best, there is only circumstantial evidence for such a connection when r > 2.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
The near-IR broadband colors of 2MASS J1209−1004B are extremely blue, which provides strong circumstantial evidence that it is a physically associated late-T dwarf companion and not a background ob ject.
Discovery of a Highly Unequal-Mass Binary T Dwarf with Keck Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics: A Coevality Test of Substellar Theoretical Models and Effective Temperatures
There is strong circumstantial evidence in favour of the hadrons as bound states of quarks and anti-quarks.
Phenomenological aspects of new physics at high energy hadron colliders
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