- of pertaining to, or derived from circumstances: a circumstantial result.
- of the nature of a circumstance; secondary; incidental: of circumstantial importance.
- dealing with or giving circumstances; detailed; particular: a circumstantial report of a business conference.
- pertaining to conditions of material welfare.
Origin of circumstantial
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Examples from the Web for circumstantial
Part of that has just been circumstantial and part of that has been by design.David Oyelowo on Playing Martin Luther King Jr., Ebola Fears, and Race in Hollywood
October 15, 2014
A fair amount of it is biological, but a lot of it is also circumstantial.Edie Falco on Nurse Jackie’s Tragic Relapse
April 14, 2014
The problem is that there is an enormous amount of both direct and circumstantial evidence to the contrary.Hamas in the Crosshairs
July 26, 2013
Still, the circumstantial case against Lieberman involved much more money and was much more transparent.Avigdor Lieberman's Lucky Break?
December 14, 2012
There are rumors, theories, clues, and an intriguing amount of circumstantial evidence that she landed on a desert island.Amelia Earhart: New Documentary Searches Underwater for Pilot and Her Plane
August 17, 2012
"Circumstantial evidence is often valuable," declared Josie.Mary Louise in the Country
L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
But there is no need to resort to circumstantial or conjectural evidence.The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1
John Charles Dent
"She is just one year younger than I am," she added, thinking it well to be circumstantial.
Circumstantial evidence must first be marshalled, and then a motive must be found.The Silent Bullet
Arthur B. Reeve
The jury convict on circumstantial evidence, and I sentence the prisoner to death.Uncanny Tales
- of or dependent on circumstances
- fully detailed
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Word Origin and History for circumstantial
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