indirect evidence


Definition of indirect evidence

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Local stats and indirect evidence () suggest a spike nationwide. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "National Parks are logging record crowds. Here’s how to visit safely.," 14 Oct. 2020 The indirect evidence, however, is not encouraging. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "How to Protect Your Happiness This Election Season," 8 Oct. 2020 Astronomers believe they are needed as building blocks for the supermassive black holes, and there is indirect evidence for their existence, but this may be the most convincing sighting yet, albeit right at the bottom of the range. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Middleweight black holes finally found but they pose a puzzle," 2 Sep. 2020 Wang mentions other factors for which there is indirect evidence, such as parental use of opioids and exposure to a loved one's suicide. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Another Tragic Epidemic: Suicide," 1 Aug. 2020 The World Health Organization study shows only indirect evidence that cloth masks protect the wearer from the illness, said Dr. Raed Dweik, chair of the respiratory institute at the Cleveland Clinic. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Masks may protect the wearer from the coronavirus more than originally thought, new research suggests," 5 June 2020 But the committee has collected direct and indirect evidence of potential wrongdoing, and courts rely on circumstantial evidence all the time. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "A new House Judiciary Committee report counters six “fallacies of impeachment”," 7 Dec. 2019 And a company’s share of the industry could be indirect evidence. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Making the antitrust case against Facebook, a new kind of monopoly," 6 Sep. 2019 In the new study, Wilson and his collaborators searched for indirect evidence of a viral invasion: antibodies in spinal fluid that would suggest the viruses had provoked an immune response. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Evidence links poliolike disease in children to a common type of virus," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of indirect evidence

1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Indirect evidence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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— see evidence

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