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circumstantial

circumstantial

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

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
:  belonging to, consisting in, or dependent on circumstances <a circumstantial case> <circumstantial factors>
2
:  pertinent but not essential :  incidental
3
:  marked by careful attention to detail :  abounding in factual details <a circumstantial account of the fight>
4
cir·cum·stan·ti·al·i·ty \-ˌstan(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun
cir·cum·stan·tial·ly \-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

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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