circumstantial

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

Definition of circumstantial

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

  2. 2 :  pertinent but not essential :  incidental Revolutions usually happen for both structural and circumstantial reasons. — A. M. S. Aly

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

  4. 4 :  ceremonial the circumstantial splendor of the coronation

circumstantiality

play \-ˌstan(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun

circumstantially

play \-ˈstan(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of circumstantial in a sentence

  1. The evidence is purely circumstantial.

  2. The case against him is circumstantial.

  3. a circumstantial account of the meeting

Origin and Etymology of circumstantial

see circumstance


First Known Use: 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.

CIRCUMSTANTIAL Defined for English Language Learners

circumstantial

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

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


Law Dictionary

circumstantial

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adjective cir·cum·stan·tial \ˌsər-kəm-ˈstan-chəl\

Legal Definition of circumstantial

  1. :  belonging to, consisting in, or dependent on circumstances

circumstantially

adverb


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