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Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or dependent on circumstances.
  • adj. Of no primary significance; incidental.
  • adj. Complete and particular; full of detail: a circumstantial report about the debate.
  • adj. Full of ceremonial display.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to or dependent on circumstances, especially as opposed to essentials; incidental, not essential.
  • adj. Abounding with circumstances; detailing or exhibiting all the circumstances; minute; particular.
  • adj. Full of circumstance or pomp; ceremonial.
  • n. Something incidental to the main subject, but of less importance; opposed to an essential; -- generally in the plural; as, the circumstantials of religion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting in, or pertaining to, circumstances or particular incidents.
  • adj. Incidental; relating to, but not essential.
  • adj. Abounding with circumstances; detailing or exhibiting all the circumstances; minute; particular.
  • n. Something incidental to the main subject, but of less importance; opposed to an essential; -- generally in the plural.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Attending; incidental; casual; sustaining a minor or less important relation.
  • Consisting in, pertaining to, or derived from circumstances or particular incidents: as, circumstantial evidence.
  • Abounding with circumstances; exhibiting or stating all the circumstances; minute; particular; detailed: as, a circumstantial account or recital.
  • n. Something incidental and of subordinate importance; an accident or incident; a circumstance: opposed to an essential.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. fully detailed and specific about particulars

Etymologies

From Latin circumstantia + -al. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word circumstantial was bounced around harder than a cricket ball.

    Above Suspicion

  • We have nothing but what they call circumstantial evidence.

    Pendragon: Before the War: Book One of the Travelers

  • BANFIELD: Yes, that's what you call circumstantial evidence.

    CNN Transcript Mar 6, 2009

  • That's what we call circumstantial evidence of cheating -- or, if we are "culturally sensitive," we call it "cooperating."

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • "Theer wor what they call circumstantial evidence to show how all t 'affair happened!"

    The Talleyrand Maxim

  • Norcaster Gaol in my time all through what they call circumstantial evidence.

    Scarhaven Keep

  • He said he was not sure the jury would impose the death penalty in what he termed a circumstantial case.

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  • With Merlin's Snake Oil, you can smooth away those bits of friction that mire your story in circumstantial detail.

    zornhau: Merlin's Snake Oil – or why arcanists are not artillery

  • JOHN_A_DESIGNER: I think there is very little we can conclude scientifically from just one data set and some thin circumstantial evidence from deep space.

    Continuation…

  • I think there is very little we can conclude scientifically from just one data set and some thin circumstantial evidence from deep space.

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