circumstantial love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or dependent on circumstances.
  • adjective Of no primary significance; incidental.
  • adjective Complete and particular; full of detail.
  • adjective Full of ceremonial display.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun Something incidental and of subordinate importance; an accident or incident; a circumstance: opposed to an essential.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Something incidental to the main subject, but of less importance; opposed to an essential; -- generally in the plural.
  • adjective Consisting in, or pertaining to, circumstances or particular incidents.
  • adjective Incidental; relating to, but not essential.
  • adjective Abounding with circumstances; detailing or exhibiting all the circumstances; minute; particular.
  • adjective (Law) evidence obtained from circumstances, which necessarily or usually attend facts of a particular nature, from which arises presumption. According to some authorities circumstantial is distinguished from positive evidence in that the latter is the testimony of eyewitnesses to a fact or the admission of a party; but the prevalent opinion now is that all such testimony is dependent on circumstances for its support. All testimony is more or less circumstantial.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective fully detailed and specific about particulars

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin circumstantia + -al.

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