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
Bake the cake for 25–30 minutes.
We waited for several minutes, but no one came to the door.
I saw him a minute ago.
Dinner will be ready in just a few minutes.
One minute it was sunny, the next it was pouring rain.
My house is just a few minutes from here.
The secretary read the minutes of the last meeting. Adjective
There were minute particles of dust in the air.
The test detected minute amounts of contamination.
The equipment is able to detect the minutest errors.
She told him what happened in minute detail.
a minute examination of the evidence See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Follow along with us on Twitter for by-the-minute updates on the latest business and financial news throughout the day.—Laura Smythe, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 The dish is a culmination of all the minute details that make something good great.—Eric Kim, New York Times, 25 Jan. 2023 When the film finally reached American screens and audiences got to see the full four-minute number, few were disappointed, even if the full production was not so easily replicated.—Chris Willman, Variety, 24 Jan. 2023 Coat baguette slices with a hearty glug of olive oil and give them a minute or two under the broiler to brown.—Karoline Boehm Goodnick, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Jan. 2023 Hence the cognac and minute amounts of foie gras and truffles that also go into the drink.—Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2023 After a couple minute delay, Maher made his next field goal from 39 yards.—Dallas News, 22 Jan. 2023 Johnson will get back in the starting lineup soon as Williams has him on a minute restriction.—Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 19 Jan. 2023 Vu has ventricular tachycardia, caused by malfunctioning electrical signals in the lower chambers of the heart, which, besides heartbeats of more than 100 a minute, can result in insufficient blood being pumped throughout the body.—Ed Stannard, Hartford Courant, 17 Jan. 2023
Martin also concluded that the physiological signs, such as heart rate and skin temperature, would be too minute to manipulate, eliminating the possibility that terrorists would outsmart the system.—Joseph A Bernstein, Discover Magazine, 22 Jan. 2012 In Moxley’s play—crafted with excruciatingly minute attention to the film, which is still widely available—Liv O’Donoghue takes the role of Gloria.—Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2022 The fractured lower-court rulings and the myriad provisions at question in the ICWA mean that the parties and the justices will likely spend hours poring over minute legislative details.—Matt Ford, The New Republic, 9 Nov. 2022 The minute initial investment and scant fee make a small allocation to gold accessible to retail investors.—Mitchell Martin, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 Another theory is that minute blood clots, remaining after the viral assault or fueled by the body’s response, continue to have a punishing effect on different parts of the body.—Mark Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Sep. 2022 The difference between a great game, a good game, and a bad game can be so minute.—WIRED, 6 Oct. 2022 At first glance, Logitech's G705 wireless mouse, announced in late July, seemed too minute to pack real power or accommodate anything but smaller hands.—Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 18 Aug. 2022 Conk’s recipe was meticulously completed to almost thrillingly minute detail.—Joseph Lamour, NBC News, 6 July 2022 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin minuta, from Latin minutus small, from past participle of minuere to lessen — more at minor