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  1. of pertaining to, or derived from circumstances: a circumstantial result.
  2. of the nature of a circumstance; secondary; incidental: of circumstantial importance.
  3. dealing with or giving circumstances; detailed; particular: a circumstantial report of a business conference.
  4. pertaining to conditions of material welfare.
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Origin of circumstantial

1590–1600; < Latin circumstanti(a) circumstance + -al1
Related formscir·cum·stan·tial·ly, adverbnon·cir·cum·stan·tial, adjectivenon·cir·cum·stan·tial·ly, adverbun·cir·cum·stan·tial, adjectiveun·cir·cum·stan·tial·ly, adverb


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Examples from the Web for circumstantially

Historical Examples

  • All these discoveries were now related to Ralph, circumstantially, and in detail.

    The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby

    Charles Dickens

  • Seriously and circumstantially he put forward his proposition.

  • "And can relate it circumstantially and clearly," added Withering.


    Charles James Lever

  • They are written out most circumstantially in the Prophet's story.

  • He told her, circumstantially, that he was in perfect health.

    The Hills of Desire

    Richard Aumerle Maher

British Dictionary definitions for circumstantially


  1. of or dependent on circumstances
  2. fully detailed
  3. incidental
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Derived Formscircumstantiality, nouncircumstantially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for circumstantially



c.1600, from Latin circumstantia (see circumstance) + -al (1). Related: Circumstantially. Circumstantial evidence is attested by 1691.

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