from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To set forth or verify with circumstances; give detailed proof or description of.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To describe, verify or prove by setting out circumstantial evidence
- v. To place in particular circumstances; to invest with particular accidents or adjuncts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To place in particular circumstances; to invest with particular accidents or adjuncts.
- transitive v. To prove or confirm by circumstances; to enter into details concerning.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To place in particular circumstances; invest with particular conditions, accidents, or adjuncts.
- To place in a particular condition with regard to power or wealth.
- To confirm by circumstances; establish circumstantially.
- To describe circumstantially; give full or minute details regarding.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give circumstantial evidence for
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Nor is he more just, I think, against Tasso's Episodes, which he blames as not proper to circumstantiate his principal Action, not entring into the Causes and Effects thereof, but seeking too much to please, tho '
Some one may have asked what I had seen; at all events I was full of the idea, and, indicating the open door, I began to tell what I had seen, when -- exactly as though the thing were done deliberately to circumstantiate my story -- with the slow, steady movement of a heavy door pushed by a feeble hand, the other portal of the huge cabinet swung open.
It may easily be imagined how the poor woman felt at this unexpected summons, and at the announcement, necessarily defective and confused, of an escaped but fearful danger, an obscure event, which the messenger could neither circumstantiate nor explain, and of which she had not the slightest ground of explanation in her own previous thoughts.
We would have our eyes upon that too, so to circumstantiate all our duties, as they may have least offence in them, and be exposed to least obloquy of men, 1 Pet. ii.
Men often hate sin, only as it is circumstantiate, but Christian hatred is a hatred of the nature, like the deadly feuds, which are enmities against the kind and name.
In many cases, to which, from their circumstantiate nature, neither the written nor the consuetudinary law is directly appli - cable, these are the Responsa Prudentum which supply that un - avoidable deficiency.