circumstantial

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

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. circumspection,
  2. circumspective,
  3. circumstance,
  4. circumstanced,
  5. circumstances,
  6. circumstantial evidence,
  7. circumstantiality,
  8. circumstantiate,
  9. circumstellar,
  10. circumterrestrial

Origin of circumstantial

1590–1600; < Latin circumstanti(a) circumstance + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for circumstantial

circumstantial

/ (ˌsɜːkəmˈstænʃəl) /

adjective

of or dependent on circumstances
fully detailed
incidental
Derived Formscircumstantiality, nouncircumstantially, adverb

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Word Origin and History for circumstantial

circumstantial

adj.

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

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