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

  Indirect \In`di*rect"\, a. [Pref. in- not + direct: cf. F.
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     1. Not direct; not straight or rectilinear; deviating from a
        direct line or course; circuitous; as, an indirect road.
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     2. Not tending to an aim, purpose, or result by the plainest
        course, or by obvious means, but obliquely or
        consequentially; by remote means; as, an indirect
        accusation, attack, answer, or proposal.
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              By what bypaths and indirect, crooked ways
              I met this crown.                     --Shak.
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     3. Not straightforward or upright; unfair; dishonest; tending
        to mislead or deceive.
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              Indirect dealing will be discovered one time or
              other.                                --Tillotson.
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     4. Not resulting directly from an act or cause, but more or
        less remotely connected with or growing out of it; as,
        indirect results, damages, or claims.
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     5. (Logic & Math.) Not reaching the end aimed at by the most
        plain and direct method; as, an indirect proof,
        demonstration, etc.
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     Indirect claims, claims for remote or consequential damage.
        Such claims were presented to and thrown out by the
        commissioners who arbitrated the damage inflicted on the
        United States by the Confederate States cruisers built and
        supplied by Great Britain.
     Indirect demonstration, a mode of demonstration in which
        proof is given by showing that any other supposition
        involves an absurdity (reductio ad absurdum), or an
        impossibility; thus, one quantity may be proved equal to
        another by showing that it can be neither greater nor
     Indirect discourse. (Gram.) See Direct discourse, under
     Indirect evidence, evidence or testimony which is
        circumstantial or inferential, but without witness; --
        opposed to direct evidence.
     Indirect tax, a tax, such as customs, excises, etc.,
        exacted directly from the merchant, but paid indirectly by
        the consumer in the higher price demanded for the articles
        of merchandise.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INDIRECT EVIDENCE. That proof which does not prove the fact in question, but 
  proves another, the certainty of which may lead to the discovery of the 
  truth of the one sought. 

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