[ sur-kuhm-stan-shuhl ]
/ ˌsɜr kəmˈstæn ʃəl /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for circumstantial


/ (ˌsɜːkəmˈstænʃəl) /


of or dependent on circumstances
fully detailed

Derived Forms

circumstantiality, nouncircumstantially, adverb
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