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

1590–1600; < Latin circumstanti(a) circumstance + -al1
Related formscir·cum·stan·tial·ly, adverbnon·cir·cum·stan·tial, adjectivenon·cir·cum·stan·tial·ly, adverbun·cir·cum·stan·tial, adjectiveun·cir·cum·stan·tial·ly, adverb

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of or dependent on circumstances
fully detailed
Derived Formscircumstantiality, nouncircumstantially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for circumstantial

c.1600, from Latin circumstantia (see circumstance) + -al (1). Related: Circumstantially. Circumstantial evidence is attested by 1691.

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