Circumstantial evidence
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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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