circumstantial evidence

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Synonyms for circumstantial evidence

evidence providing only a basis for inference about the fact in dispute

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If ever circumstantial evidence pointed to a criminal it does so here.
Michael's pear-tree, near which he always passed at nightfall: the circumstantial evidence appeared so strong that Dominicus doubted whether the autograph produced by the lawyer, or even the niece's direct testimony, ought to be equivalent.
During the whole four days I had not seen the girl, as she evidently kept closely to her room; and during this time no untoward incident had occurred aboard the boat--a fact which seemed to strengthen the web of circumstantial evidence about her.
Nevertheless, as he lived in a spacious house in Golden Square, which, in addition to a brass plate upon the street-door, had another brass plate two sizes and a half smaller upon the left hand door-post, surrounding a brass model of an infant's fist grasping a fragment of a skewer, and displaying the word 'Office,' it was clear that Mr Ralph Nickleby did, or pretended to do, business of some kind; and the fact, if it required any further circumstantial evidence, was abundantly demonstrated by the diurnal attendance, between the hours of half- past nine and five, of a sallow-faced man in rusty brown, who sat upon an uncommonly hard stool in a species of butler's pantry at the end of the passage, and always had a pen behind his ear when he answered the bell.
If one has a taste for that kind of thing the merest starting-point becomes a coign of vantage, and then by a series of logically deducted verisimilitudes one arrives at truth--or very near the truth--as near as any circumstantial evidence can do.
He was convicted, not merely on circumstantial evidence, but on evidence "cooked up" by the Oakland police.
It made me quite faint to feel that we might escape the Scylla of our present peril and yet split on the Charybdis of circumstantial evidence.
She really did not mean it, but the circumstantial evidence was against her, and Tom turned white with anger, but said nothing; he would have struck her, only he knew it was cowardly to strike a girl, and Tom Tulliver was quite determined he would never do anything cowardly.
I'm lawyer enough to know that there's nothing in the world so misleading as circumstantial evidence.
There was abundance of circumstantial evidence against him, besides the direct testimony of Raffles and myself, and the wretch was shot at last with little ceremony and less shrift.
The oft cited report by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, which reportedly has links with the Israeli military, does not provide any concrete evidence, lacks citations, self-admittedly relies on circumstantial evidence, erases political diversity in PRC activities and focuses on individuals not actively affiliated with the organisation.
But rejecting the appeal, Lord Justice Mc-Combe said: "In our view, the judge's summing up as to the approach the jury should take to circumstantial evidence was entirely correct.
The medical board has sought certain crucial information from police, including photographs of the hotel room where Pushkar was found, statements and other circumstantial evidence.
Appealing against his conviction yesterday Kost''s legal team complained that he had been found guilty on the back of only circumstantial evidence.
Evidence of a Viking cross was found beneath the floor dating back to 950AD, but circumstantial evidence points to parts of the foundations as possibly being Anglo Saxon.