- 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
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Examples from the Web for circumstantiality
There seemed no flaw in the evidence, once granted its circumstantiality.The Right of Way, Complete
Also he had upheld his lies with a striking narrative of circumstantiality.The Money Master, Complete
The circumstantiality of the account was equally horrible and amusing.Pencillings by the Way
N. Parker Willis
The circumstantiality of his tale excited curiosity, and inclined his contemporaries to belief.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)
With what circumstantiality could they recall old law cases; describe old duels, old political animosities and excitements!Plantation Reminiscences
Letitia M. Burwell
- A disturbance in the thought process by detail that is often tangential and irrelevant.
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