[ sur-kuhm-stan-shee-al-i-tee ]
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noun,plural cir·cum·stan·ti·al·i·ties for 2, 3.
  1. the quality of being circumstantial; minuteness; fullness of detail.

  2. a circumstance; a detail.

  1. Psychiatry. a pattern of speech that seems to wander because of excessive detail but eventuallyreaches its goal idea.

Origin of circumstantiality

First recorded in 1725–35; circumstantial + -ity

Words Nearby circumstantiality Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use circumstantiality in a sentence

  • The account of the conception and birth of Servius Tullius is curious from its circumstantiality.

  • The after life of the ape-man is described with the same circumstantiality as the coming to manhood's estate.

    The Other Side of Evolution | Alexander Patterson
  • With what circumstantiality could they recall old law cases, and describe old duels, old political animosities and excitements!

  • The very circumstantiality with which David Ogden's experiences are narrated is evidence of their genuineness.

  • Then followed a description of the process, narrated with horrible circumstantiality.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, | George Alfred Townsend