[ 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.

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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