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
Recent Examples of circumstantial from the Web
No one knew it at the time, but that van would contain some important circumstantial evidence.
Though her body hasn’t been found, in a March 9th hearing a judge ruled there was enough circumstantial evidence to hold him for trial.
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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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