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 for circumstantial evidence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Evidence \Ev"i*dence\, 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.
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              Faith is . . . the evidence of things not seen.
                                                    --Heb. xi. 1.
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              O glorious trial of exceeding love
              Illustrious evidence, example high.   --Milton.
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     2. One who bears witness. [R.] "Infamous and perjured
        evidences." --Sir W. Scott.
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     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.
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     Circumstantial evidence, Conclusive evidence, etc. See
        under Circumstantial, Conclusive, etc.
     Crown's evidence, King's evidence, or Queen's evidence,
        evidence for the crown, in English courts; equivalent to
        state's evidence in American courts. [Eng.]
     State's evidence, 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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  circumstantial \cir`cum*stan"tial\ (s[~e]r`k[u^]m*st[a^]n"shal),
     a. [Cf. F. circonstanciel.]
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     1. Consisting in, or pertaining to, circumstances or
        particular incidents.
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              The usual character of human testimony is
              substantial truth under circumstantial variety.
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     2. Incidental; relating to, but not essential.
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              We must therefore distinguish between the essentials
              in religious worship . . . and what is merely
              circumstantial.                       --Sharp.
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     3. Abounding with circumstances; detailing or exhibiting all
        the circumstances; minute; particular.
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              Tedious and circumstantial recitals.  --Prior.
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     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. --Wharton.
     Syn: See Minute.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  circumstantial evidence
      n 1: evidence providing only a basis for inference about the
           fact in dispute [syn: circumstantial evidence, indirect
           evidence] [ant: direct evidence]

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