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circumstantial

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adjective cir·cum·stan·tial \ˌsər-kəm-ˈstan(t)-shəl\

Simple Definition of circumstantial

  • law : based on information which suggests that something is true but does not prove that it is true

  • : providing or including the details of a particular situation or event

Full Definition of circumstantial

  1. 1 :  belonging to, consisting in, or dependent on circumstances <a circumstantial case> <circumstantial factors>

  2. 2 :  pertinent but not essential :  incidental

  3. 3 :  marked by careful attention to detail :  abounding in factual details <a circumstantial account of the fight>

  4. 4 :  ceremonial

cir·cum·stan·ti·al·i·ty play \-ˌstan(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun
cir·cum·stan·tial·ly play \-ˈstan(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of circumstantial

  1. The evidence is purely circumstantial.

  2. The case against him is circumstantial.

  3. a circumstantial account of the meeting



1600

First Known Use of circumstantial

1600

Synonym Discussion of circumstantial

circumstantial, minute, particular, detailed mean dealing with a matter fully and usually point by point. circumstantial implies fullness of detail that fixes something described in time and space <a circumstantial account of our visit>. minute implies close and searching attention to the smallest details <a minute examination of a fossil>. particular implies a precise attention to every detail <a particular description of the scene of the crime>. detailed stresses abundance or completeness of detail <a detailed analysis of the event>.


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