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[sur-kuh m-stan-shee-eyt]
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verb (used with object), cir·cum·stan·ti·at·ed, cir·cum·stan·ti·at·ing.
  1. to set forth or support with circumstances or particulars: Documents circumstantiated her evidence.
  2. to describe fully or minutely: He circumstantiated the accident.
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Origin of circumstantiate

1640–50; < Latin circumstanti(a) circumstance + -ate1
Related formscir·cum·stan·ti·a·tion, noun
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Related Words for circumstantiate

enumerate, certify, uphold, affirm, verify, explain, substantiate, back, sign, corroborate, establish, endorse, approve, support, portray, reveal, depict, delineate, relate, describe

British Dictionary definitions for circumstantiate


  1. (tr) to support by giving particulars
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Derived Formscircumstantiation, noun
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Word Origin and History for circumstantiate


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

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