indirect evidence


Definition of 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 The indirect evidence does not replace what KATRIN can do, however, so the result in itself is very significant. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Weighing in: Physicists cut upper limit on neutrino’s mass in half," 19 Sep. 2019 And the presence of a halo of WIMPs around galaxies would explain why the galaxies rotate faster than expected at their outskirts — the most compelling indirect evidence that dark matter exists. Quanta Magazine, "Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter," 25 Oct. 2014 Traditionally, there is direct and indirect evidence of monopoly power. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Making the antitrust case against Facebook, a new kind of monopoly," 6 Sep. 2019 What researchers have found so far is mostly indirect evidence of a payoff, such as identifying worker characteristics that correspond to productivity. Rose Eveleth, Scientific American, "Your Employer May Be Spying on You—and Wasting Its Time," 16 Aug. 2019 Does the tabletop experiment provide indirect evidence for Hawking’s prediction? Quanta Magazine, "Can Analogies Reveal the Laws of Physics?," 10 Nov. 2016 Instead, scientists have turned to indirect evidence. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Talk to the hand. Scientists try to debunk idea that finger length can reveal personality and health," 6 June 2019 That’s why, for this new study in the journal Nature, an international team of astronomers relied on indirect evidence, searching instead for signatures of oxygen and helium—elements that can only be created in the cores of stars. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Astronomers Find Signature From the Universe’s Earliest Known Stars," 22 May 2018 Attorneys usually try to prove their case with indirect evidence, such as a defendant’s hiring record. Liz Kowalczyk,, "Black nurses sue Brigham and Women’s Hospital," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of indirect evidence

1824, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2019

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“Indirect evidence.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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not agreeing with established beliefs

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