circumstantiate

[sur-kuh m-stan-shee-eyt]

verb (used with object), cir·cum·stan·ti·at·ed, cir·cum·stan·ti·at·ing.

to set forth or support with circumstances or particulars: Documents circumstantiated her evidence.
to describe fully or minutely: He circumstantiated the accident.

Nearby words

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

Origin of circumstantiate

1640–50; < Latin circumstanti(a) circumstance + -ate1

Related formscir·cum·stan·ti·a·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for circumstantiate

circumstantiate

verb

(tr) to support by giving particulars
Derived Formscircumstantiation, noun

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Word Origin and History for circumstantiate

circumstantiate

v.

1650s, from Latin circumstantia "surrounding condition" (see circumstance) + -ate (2). Related: Circumstantiated; circumstantiating; circumstantiation.

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