[ sur-kuh m-stan-shee-al-i-tee ]
/ ˌsɜr kəmˌstæn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti /

noun, plural cir·cum·stan·ti·al·i·ties for 2, 3.

the quality of being circumstantial; minuteness; fullness of detail.
a circumstance; a detail.
Psychiatry. a pattern of speech that seems to wander because of excessive detail but eventuallyreaches its goal idea.

Nearby words

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

Origin of circumstantiality

First recorded in 1725–35; circumstantial + -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for circumstantiality


[ sûr′kəm-stăn′shē-ălĭ-tē ]


A disturbance in the thought process by detail that is often tangential and irrelevant.

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