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Indirect evidence   /ɪndərˈɛkt ˈɛvədəns/   Listen
Indirect evidence

Evidence providing only a basis for inference about the fact in dispute.  Synonym: circumstantial evidence.

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... to men usually supposed to be most pious and exemplary in their lives: Bishops, Archbishops, Cardinals and the Pope himself, though celibats and holders of ecclesiastical dignities, did not arrive at Delphi without touching at Cythera: indirect evidence is afforded of this by the treatises which physicians, shortly after the commencement of the next century, wrote on the disease then called "Morbus Gallicus," when Gaspard Torella wrote his for the purpose of benefiting the manners of the Bishop of Avranches, Ulrich ...
— Tacitus and Bracciolini - The Annals Forged in the XVth Century • John Wilson Ross

... philology argue that our cattle were imported from the East.[191] But as races of men invading any country would probably give their own names to the breeds of cattle which they might there find domesticated, the argument seems inconclusive. There is indirect evidence that our cattle are the descendants of species which originally inhabited a temperate or cold climate, but not a land long covered with snow; for our cattle, as we have seen in the chapter on Horses, apparently have not the instinct of scraping ...
— The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I. • Charles Darwin

... the same class were enjoying at that very time in Germany or France. The laws secured them; and that the laws were put in force, we have the direct evidence of successive acts of the Legislature, justifying the general policy by its success: and we have also the indirect evidence of the contented loyalty of the great body of the people, at a time when, if they had been discontented, they held in their own hands the means of asserting what the law acknowledged to be their right. 'The Government,' as we have just shown at length, 'had no power to compel injustice ...
— Froude's History of England • Charles Kingsley

Words linked to "Indirect evidence" :   evidence, jurisprudence, law, direct evidence, circumstantial evidence

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