Definition of circumstantial
1 : belonging to, consisting in, or dependent on circumstances <a circumstantial case> <circumstantial factors> <circumstantial evidence>
2 : pertinent but not essential : incidental <Revolutions usually happen for both structural and circumstantial reasons. — A. M. S. Aly>
3 : marked by careful attention to detail : abounding in factual details <a circumstantial account of the fight>
4 : ceremonial <the circumstantial splendor of the coronation>
circumstantialityplay \-ˌstan(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun
circumstantiallyplay \-ˈstan(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of circumstantial in a sentence
The evidence is purely circumstantial.
The case against him is circumstantial.
a circumstantial account of the meeting
Origin and Etymology of circumstantial
First Known Use: 1600
Synonym Discussion of circumstantial
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Definition of circumstantial for English Language Learners
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
Legal Definition of circumstantial
: belonging to, consisting in, or dependent on circumstances
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