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[sur-kuh m-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.
  3. Psychiatry. a pattern of speech that seems to wander because of excessive detail but eventuallyreaches its goal idea.
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Origin of circumstantiality

First recorded in 1725–35; circumstantial + -ity
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Examples from the Web for circumstantiality

Historical Examples

  • There seemed no flaw in the evidence, once granted its circumstantiality.

    The Right of Way, Complete

    Gilbert Parker

  • Also he had upheld his lies with a striking narrative of circumstantiality.

  • 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.

  • With what circumstantiality could they recall old law cases; describe old duels, old political animosities and excitements!

    Plantation Reminiscences

    Letitia M. Burwell

circumstantiality in Medicine


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