indirect evidence


: evidence that establishes immediately collateral facts from which the main fact may be inferred : circumstantial evidence

Examples of indirect evidence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to the indirect evidence that the undercount can’t be that big, every ten years, the bureau spends millions of dollars trying to figure out how many people actually got missed by the previous decennial census by re-canvasing a representative sample of neighborhoods. Steven A. Camarota, National Review, 4 Apr. 2022 Over the past few decades, indirect evidence has surfaced for microbial communities on land during the Archean. Zack Savitsky, Quanta Magazine, 12 July 2023 Through documents obtained from officials, lawmakers or through freedom of information requests, the AP found direct evidence that 19 children were adopted out of Brothers between 1979 and 1986, and indirect evidence suggesting at least 51 more adoptions., 24 Aug. 2022 In the rubble lay key components of a telescope that had delivered some of the most important scientific discoveries of the past half-century: indirect evidence of gravitational waves, a map of the surface of Venus, and detection of the first exoplanets. Joel Goldberg, Science | AAAS, 22 Jan. 2021 Hard to Discern: After police in Charlotte, N.C., fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott in 2016, District Attorney Andrew Murray showed reporters indirect evidence that Scott was armed (top). Dan Greene, IEEE Spectrum, 21 Nov. 2018 There has been pretty good indirect evidence for gravitational waves for a while. Jeffrey Wilkerson, Discover Magazine, 25 Feb. 2016 Other indirect evidence shows that lower temperatures turn up a passion for romance. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 20 Jan. 2022 The Fermilab experiment offers only indirect evidence, hinting at new laws of physics through the muon. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 21 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of indirect evidence was in 1824

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“Indirect evidence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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indirect evidence

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