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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

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

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Evidence \Ev"i*dence\, n. [F. ['e]vidence, L. Evidentia. See Evident.] 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. [1913 Webster] Faith is . . . the evidence of things not seen. --Heb. xi. 1. [1913 Webster] O glorious trial of exceeding love Illustrious evidence, example high. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. One who bears witness. [R.] "Infamous and perjured evidences." --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
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.] [1913 Webster] 1. Consisting in, or pertaining to, circumstances or particular incidents. [1913 Webster] The usual character of human testimony is substantial truth under circumstantial variety. --Paley. [1913 Webster] 2. Incidental; relating to, but not essential. [1913 Webster] We must therefore distinguish between the essentials in religious worship . . . and what is merely circumstantial. --Sharp. [1913 Webster] 3. Abounding with circumstances; detailing or exhibiting all the circumstances; minute; particular. [1913 Webster] Tedious and circumstantial recitals. --Prior. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
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]