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 That said, there is a lot of indirect evidence that the Census Bureau data do not miss huge numbers of people. Steven A. Camarota, National Review, 4 Apr. 2022 Even so, there’s some indirect evidence that this adaptation also happens in the intestines of humans. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 13 Apr. 2020 Almost all of these discoveries, however, rely on indirect evidence: the regular brightening and dimming of a star as a planet transits across its face, or the wobble in a star’s axis caused by the gravitational pull of a nearby world. Richard Panek, Scientific American, 25 Dec. 2021 The work of the current study, provides indirect evidence of aseismic loading, and a transition from aseismic to seismic slip. David Bressan, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 And last year, researchers found indirect evidence of ribosomes in the extracellular space. Roxanne Khamsi, Scientific American, 17 June 2020 On the other hand, others have lambasted the agency for being too aggressive in pushing for the approval of Aduhelm, a controversial Alzheimer’s drug, based on flimsy and indirect evidence. Haider J. Warraich, STAT, 5 Nov. 2021 The geographic concentration of federal science funding around a relatively small number of elite research universities offers indirect evidence of this. M. Anthony Mills, National Review, 27 Sep. 2021 There are two ways to show market power: indirect evidence and direct evidence. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 19 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of indirect evidence

1824, in the meaning defined above

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7 Apr 2022

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“Indirect evidence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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